Leyla Preston: Play Must Stay “Get your kids out to our beautiful UK parks and playgrounds this summer!

I have recently started a summer-long project exploring how less screen time and more time spent in playgrounds impacts not only my two boys’ lives but our family as a whole. Already I can see a marked difference in their health and well-being. My children are happier, they sleep well, their behaviour is better and I can’t wait to see how they progress throughout the summer holiday period. I know that many parents are waiting for this debate to take place; so many of us know that our children are not outside enough and spend far too much time indoors and on screens. Parents need and deserve support to turn this around. I and many of my peers welcome this timely campaign. We have wonderful playgrounds and parks in the UK that we need to make use of and value. And, being 34 weeks pregnant, walking to these parks and playgrounds can prove quite difficult! So, we urge the government to stop closing the parks and playgrounds and get our kids exploring nature at its finest in the UK!


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