guardian.co.uk, 3 August 2009
Only around a quarter of parents in England have enough time to play with their children, researchers said today. Half of parents questioned also said there are not enough places where children can play safely without adult supervision. One in two blame work for limiting their time to support their children’s play, the ICM survey of 1,037 parents commissioned by the charity Play England showed.
..Nearly three quarters of parents questioned wanted more time to play with their children. The research also found that children are facing pressures on their free time too, from homework and extra-curricular activities. A third of children and a quarter of seven to eight-year-olds reported that homework often stops them playing.