04 Sep 2019

New research with parents shows the impact that the sharp decline in outdoor play facilities is having on their children’s physical and mental health. The survey of 1,111 parents with children aged between 2 and 12 has revealed that 72% of parents of children with health issues such as obesity said that the lack of outdoor play facilities in their area has played a role in their children’s problems. Over a quarter of parents surveyed with children experiencing mental health problems said that the lack of outdoor play facilities in their area has played a role in their children’s difficulties. 26% of parents with children who have sleep problems say that a lack of outdoor play facilities in their area has played a role in their children’s sleep difficulties.

The survey was carried out by Mumsnet – the UK’s biggest website for parents – and commissioned by the Association of Play Industries (API). It asked parents about their children’s outdoor play and indoor screen time habits and revealed their growing concerns over children’s activity levels and the shift from outdoor play to indoor screen time.

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