Research Shines a Spotlight On Child’s Play During Pandemic

More than half of parents say play has boosted family bonds, but they raise the alarm about the loss of kids’ freedom, shows research from Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.

More than half of UK parents (61%) say that the pandemic has gifted them more time to play with their children and the same proportion say it has helped boost family bonds, reveals a ‘State of Play’ report released by Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity).

At a time when kids face huge levels of uncertainty, three-quarters (74%) of parents say that play has “helped their child cope” as the world around them has changed beyond recognition. But more than a year on from the start of the pandemic, parents say the loss of their kid’s freedom to play with friends and wider family is taking its toll, with two thirds (66%) voicing concern about the long term impact this will have on their child’s wellbeing.

To understand the impact of the pandemic on children and how they play, GOSH Charity and Savanta ComRes polled 2,543 parents of children aged between five – 11 years old, from across the UK.

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Source: Great Ormond Street Hospital