Play builds children

The Children’s Play Policy Forum believes that play is a powerful builder of happy, healthy, capable children. The benefits of play extend to families, communities and society.

The fun and enjoyment of playing, important in itself, brings wide-ranging benefits to children’s physical and mental health and wellbeing. Play builds resilience and is a significant part of the solution to the crisis in childhood happening every day.

Play builds children draws attention to the responsibility Government has for play and the leadership that is needed. Children’s play deserves a broad and comprehensive approach, involving cross-departmental collaboration and accountability. Government, the devolved administrations and local authorities can together make sure that children and society are not fundamentally damaged by the lack of play in children’s everyday lives – and that we all gain the unique benefits of children playing more.

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Robin Sutcliffe, Chair of the Children’s Play Policy Forum said:

‘Lack of play leaves children mentally and physically unprepared to cope with life. This affects them in childhood and throughout the rest of their lives. It is urgent that play is prioritised, for two important reasons. Lack of play causes untold harm to children and, on the other hand, there are huge benefits to be gained when we make sufficient time and space for children to play every day. These benefits contribute to the prevention of the prime issues of health, mental health, obesity and school exclusion – key issues in need of urgent resolution. Play builds happy, healthy children.’