Jamaicans urged to focus on recreational spots for children this Labour Day
Prime Minister Andrew Holness is encouraging communities to renovate open spaces or parks for children to play, as part of activities for Labour Day.
"Part of the safety and security and emotional and psychosocial development of the child is their ability to play… . Let’s get our children out there playing… . It’s good for their health," he said.
Labour Day 2019 will be recognised on Thursday, May 23.
Stressing the importance of play to the development of the child, Holness pointed out that it teaches good sportsmanship, how to resolve conflicts, builds confidence and helps with physical development.
"Children have stress as well, and it is an excellent way to reduce stress… both for parents and for children," he said.
He noted that sophisticated play sets are not necessary, noting for example, that used tyres and rope could be utilised to make swings.
Holness invited all Jamaicans to volunteer their services, talents and abilities on Labour Day in support of the well-being of the nation’s children, in keeping with the theme‘Child Safety…it’s you, it’s me, it’s all ah we!’.
"The safety and security of our children must be everyone’s business," he said.