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Play and Child Development

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Suzanne M Egan
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Many children’s lives have changed dramatically in recent months due to the COVID-19 crisis. An online survey of parents of children aged 0-10 years was used to explore how these changes have affected children’s play, learning and development. The survey measured play activities at home, the factors that influence it and the impact of some of the restrictions. The PLEY and Learning in the Early Years (PLEY) Survey was completed by over 500 parents between 21st May and 3rd of June 2020 and consisted mainly of an Irish sample. Preliminary findings indicate the closure of schools, creches, playgrounds and restrictions on physical movement and interactions has had a number of effects on many aspects of children’s lives. Data analysis is ongoing.