Play is proven to be essential to children’s wellbeing, learning and development, teaching critical life skills.

It is a fundamental part of childhood in the UK – and research shows that the average child spends around three hours each day engaging in play.* However, it’s a very different story for countless children around the world, who do not have the opportunity to play and are deprived of this basic right.

Many vulnerable children are unable to express normal behaviours and reach their potential due to the impact of poverty, conflict, child labour and other severe challenges. That’s why we’re thrilled that the first-ever International Day of Play will be held on 11 June this year.

Recently adopted by the UN, this annual day dedicated to play will highlight the vital importance of play for children and help ensure that no child is denied this right. At Right To Play, we use the power of play to transform the lives of millions of children every year in some of the most difficult places on earth.

Through play, we are protecting, educating and empowering children, helping them to overcome the challenges they face and thrive.  

*British Children’s Play Survey (2020)