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.