Play is essential to the healthy development of the physical, social and cognitive development in children and young people. Play is a lifelong skill that builds and satisfies curiosity, broadens the way we think, reduces stress, and boosts energy levels.
Having time and space to play gives children the opportunity to meet and socialise with their friends, keeps them physically active, and gives the freedom to choose what they want to do.
Play is important to healthy brain development. It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them.
Play allows children to create and explore a world they can master, conquering their fears while practicing adult roles, sometimes in conjunction with other children or adult caregivers.