Play has many benefits for children, families and the wider community, as well as improving health and quality of life.
Children's access to good play can:
- increase their self-awareness, self-esteem, and self-respect, as well as allow them to increase their confidence through developing new skills.
- promote their imagination, independence and creativity.
- offer opportunities for children of all abilities and backgrounds to play together while at the same time provide opportunities for developing social skills and learning.
- build resilience through risk taking and challenge children to problem solve and deal with new and novel situations.
- provide opportunities for them to learn about their environment and the wider community.