What is the role of play, agency, compassion and nature in children’s wellbeing and development?

There is growing evidence that young people are concerned about the state of the natural world around them. They are exposed to stories about the changing climate, biodiversity loss, habitat destruction and about the impacts this has both now, and on their futures. The feelings of anxiety and uncertainty this can cause, in turn may affect the wellbeing of young people and their wider learning and development.

There is also growing evidence that providing young people with opportunities to connect with nature could make a difference. Spending time in nature can reduce our stress and help us regulate our emotions. Could it also improve general wellbeing? Paying greater attention to the world around us has been linked to higher levels of concern for the environment and for those with which we share it. Could this increase the likelihood of finding positive responses to some of the challenges posed by living in a climate of uncertainty?

Find out more about the latest research on wellbeing in children

The animation was created to help start conversations about the different ways in which we can help young people to thrive in a challenging world.

If you’re interested in supporting children to thrive in a challenging and changing climate, there is a range of materials to help reflect on the topics, engage with young people and start the conversations.


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