An extra hour of play with the Big Breaktime

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:
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The Big Breaktime will see schools and nurseries “down tools” on Friday, June 10, for an extra hour of play.

The NSPCC initiative takes place on Childhood Day and as well as encouraging children to have fun, the event will also raise vital funds for the charity’s child protection work.

Schools are being asked to have an extra hour of play, at a time of day that best suits them. And if possible, schools are asked to encouraged pupils, staff and parents to give a small donation. The money raised goes towards funding NSPCC projects such as the Speak out. Stay safe. programme in primary schools – which works to give children the knowledge and confidence to speak out about anything that’s worrying them, including abuse, so they can get help.

The charity says that an estimated half a million children a year suffer abuse in the UK. That means seven children in a classroom suffer abuse before they turn 18.

The NSPCC is encouraging nurseries, schools and children to use The Big Breaktime to play with traditional toys and games. This might include skipping ropes, hula hoops, balls, tag, hide and seek, or hopscotch. Schools can download resources to help them plan.

The NSPCC has also launched Pass the Positivity, a nationwide positivity project taking place ahead of Childhood Day. To take part, children and teachers are invited to share what makes them happy and positive in the form of a message, poem, or artwork.

A selection of the most inspiring messages will be transformed into an installation to be unveiled by television presenters Ant and Dec on May 26, as they launch Propa Happy, their debut children’s book which will raise vital funds for the NSPCC.

Between April 2021 and March 2022 the NSPCC Helpline contacted agencies about 22,505 children to investigate concerns about abuse and neglect. This includes concerns about physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, sexual abuse online and neglect. The charity referred 8,389 children to statutory agencies with concerns of neglect, 6,441 because of physical abuse, 4,418 because of emotional abuse, 3,013 for sexual abuse and 244 for sexual abuse online.

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