This week, Sense launched an important public inquiry into access to play opportunities for children aged 0-5 with multiple needs.
We all know that play is extremely important for children. In addition to being fun, playing helps children to learn to socialise and communicate, and to develop an understanding of the world around them. But despite this, children with multiple needs often don’t get the same opportunities to play as other children.
For this reason, we are running a public inquiry, to find out more about whether barriers exist to children with multiple needs accessing play, and about what works. We’ll use all the evidence we find to campaign for changes to the way play services are planned and delivered at a local and national level – in both England and Wales.
The Inquiry will focus on answering the following questions:
- What is the impact of play for children with multiple needs and their families?
- Do barriers exist to young children with multiple needs accessing play settings and activities?
- What can be done to increase play opportunities for young children with multiple needs?
We’re very lucky that the Former Secretary of State for Education and Employment, (soon-to-be) Lord David Blunkett will be chairing the inquiry for us, alongside Lesley Rogers, whose daughter Ruby is deafblind. Julie Jennings, from RNIB, will work with us to provide her expert guidance on all things early years.
But to make the inquiry a real success – we need you!
We need to hear views about play from as many parents, professionals and organisations as possible. This will give us all the evidence we need to understand the problems and opportunities that exist, and help us to develop recommendations which are grounded in the lived experiences of children and families.
Please visit our website to find out about the many different ways you can get involved.
If you would like any more information about the inquiry, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to hearing your views!