British Children's Play Survey, 2020


The British Children's Play Survey was conducted in April 2020 with 1,919 parents living in Britain who had a child aged 5 to 11 years. The sample were approximately nationally representative and the data were weighted to the national profile of all adults aged 18+, including those without internet access. The data were weighted based on age, gender, social class, region and level of education. Parents completed the Children's Play Scale, along with measures that asked about independent mobility, parent attitudes to risk in play, children's organised activities, screen time, mental health and holidays along with questions about respondent's mental health and some questions related to COVID-19. A series of questions were also asked about socio-demographic and geographic characteristics. Latest edition information For the second edition (December 2022) almost all of the raw survey data has been included. For this reason, the study was moved from Open to Safeguarded access (UKDS registration required). Some data are not provided in order to protect participants' identity or because it is still being analysed for publication by the authors. Updates may be made to the published dataset as further papers are published.

FundersUK Research and Innovation
Publication date19/04/2021
Publication date online19/04/2021
Place of publicationUK Data Service

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Dr Lily FitzGibbon

Dr Lily FitzGibbon

Lecturer in Psychology, Psychology