Thematic Meeting: the power of Playful Parenting in emergency situations

Title: Thematic Meeting: the power of Playful Parenting in emergency situations Date: Thursday, June 22, 2023 - 12:30 End date: Thursday, June 22, 2023 - 14:00 Location: Zoom Register before: Thursday, June 22, 2023 - 12:30 Organised by: The LEGO Foundation, UNICEF, ISSA

Recording of the meeting can be found here.

Slides can be accessed by topic below:

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In emergency situations, families face limited access to services and resources, which poses challenges for parents in caring for their children's well-being and their own. In such circumstances, play can offer a sense of normalcy.

Research shows that caregivers' mental health profoundly affects their ability to nurture their children. Remarkably, play can support caregivers' mental health, alleviate the negative effects of stress on families, and support children's development.

In this thematic meeting, we will delve into the power of playful parenting for responsive interactions and how play can serve as a therapeutic tool for children and parents. Gain insights into building resilience and coping skills amidst uncertainty. Learn directly from experts and the Playful Parenting Programme. And hear more about ISSA's capacity-building program, which integrates play's healing power into trauma-informed early childhood development practices.

On 22 June, join us to learn, engage in discussion, share your experiences, and access valuable tools and resources tailored to address the specific needs of children and caregivers in emergency situations. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to deepen your understanding of the impact of playful parenting on early childhood development.


In partnership with LEGO Foundation and UNICEF, ISSA is committed to protecting children's right to play. Together, they are supporting parents and caregivers to engage in playful parenting. As part of this partnership, this thematic meeting will showcase examples of good practices from organizations in the early childhood development field.