The government and municipalities need to put much more effort into constructing or converting playgrounds that are also accessible for children with disabilities, according to the D66 and various organizations. Despite the government saying two years ago that many more such playgrounds must be built, it is unclear whether any progress is being made on this front, RTL Nieuws reports.
15 percent of Dutch children never play outside. This is especially true for the kids of highly educated parents living in the Randstad area, according to a representative study by Jantje Beton - a charity focused on getting children to play outside, AD reports.
Over the past five years the proportion of Dutch children who play outside every day decreased from 20 percent to 14 percent, according to research by Jantje Beton, RTL Nieuws reports.
A third of the kids said they'd like to play outside more often, but can't because of "the dullness of play areas", or hobbies and school keeping them too busy. Many kids would also rather watch TV or play games than go play outside. Children who prefer to go outside, mainly do so for cycling and climbing.
All kids in the Netherlands are encouraged to play outside today for the ninth edition of "Play Outside Day", initiated by organization Jantje Beton and children's channel Nickelodeon