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Pre-schoolers of today get less playtime compared to their parents

Compared to their parents, pre-schoolers today are losing up to 18 days of playtime a year which is equivalent to almost a month's worth of school-going days, according to a survey of 101 parents from middle and upper middle-income groups with children aged 3 to 6.

SINGAPORE: Compared to their parents, pre-schoolers today are losing up to 18 days of playtime a year which is equivalent to almost a month's worth of school-going days, according to a survey of 101 parents from middle and upper middle-income groups with children aged 3 to 6.

The survey was carried out by four Nanyang Technological University (NTU) undergraduates under their Little Captains at Play project.

It found that in September and October last year, less than a third (32 per cent) of the parents believed that unstructured or free play was most important to their child's learning and development.

In contrast, over two thirds of the parents (67 per cent) believed that learning should be maximised through structured classes with more tangible outcomes.

Examples of structured play include teaching a child to read, attending interest classes and playing educational toys.

Unstructured play includes playing outdoors freely, drawing and painting freely, and role play.

In a statement on the survey, the students referred to experts' opinions on how unstructured play can complement structured play in developing the creativity, confidence and mental wellness of a child. 

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