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Children in Cities


Children in Cities

Kids, a UK charity caring for children and young people with disabilities has conducted a survey over 900 people working across play and leisure provision and disability services in England. They have found that only 47% of survey responders said that local services and play spaces were accessible to disabled children and young people.

The report is available here


Young children in cities: Challenges and opportunities

A quarter of the world’s children live in poor urban settlements - a fact which presents opportunities to deliver accessible services cost-effectively, but also poses many challenges. The challenges explored include violence in Venezuela and Mexico, fear of "stranger danger" in Australia, domestic violence and space to play in Rotterdam, involving communities in Peru and Brazil, social structures of the European Roma, and emergency response in Nairobi. The articles feed into an understanding of one of the Bernard van Leer Foundation's programming goals, to improve young children's physical environments - in this case, the various root characteristics of urban environments that impact the physical and mental development of young children throughout their lives. This edition of Early Childhood Matters looks at young children’s experiences of growing up in urban settings.


Children in an Urban World. The State of the World’s Children 2012