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Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) – The Power of Play

This piece of research aims to show how play has helped children cope with the pandemic over the past year.

As children prepare to return to school, this research highlights the importance of play, how it can support children through the pandemic and encourage resilience that can aid in their recovery from the restrictions they have encountered throughout the pandemic.

  • Three-quarters (74%) of parents say play has helped their child cope during the pandemic.
  • More than two-fifths (43%) of parents say they struggle to juggle play alongside work and other responsibilities.
  • Three fifths of UK parents (61%) say that the pandemic has given them more time to play with their children, with the same proportion reporting bonding with their child more than usual through playing together.
  • COVID-19 tops the list of topics parents say their child worries about.
    Two thirds (66%) of parents are concerned that the pandemic’s impact on how children play will have long-term impacts on their child’s wellbeing.

Date Published: 08/03/2020

Categories: Health | Public and communities | UK

Client: Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH)


Savanta ComRes surveyed 2,543 UK parents of children aged 5-11 years online from 10th-29th December 2020. Data were unweighted. Savanta ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

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