Way To Play
Play is an essential part of children’s lives and is vital to their development. The importance of play in contributing to the health and well-being of children, extending through childhood and beyond, is universally acknowledged. As an essential ingredient to the social, physical, intellectual, creative and emotional development of children, play provides a mechanism for them to explore the world around them, develop and practice skills.
This resource has been developed to inspire you to provide and create playful opportunities for children in your care. The resource is divided into five sections. Each section provides an overview of play along with some ideas of things that you can do to support it. The school section builds on PlayBoard’s work within schools and provides some ideas and considerations for play in schools.
The outdoor play section looks at play in the outdoors. This section provides some ideas of things to do in the outdoors whether that is in your front yard, the local park or your local forest.
The parent’s section looks at play for parents. This section provides some ideas for parents to play with their children.
The practitioners section looks at play for those working with children. This section provides some ideas and considerations when supporting and facilitating play.
The final section provides a wide range of materials including a list of ideas of things to make and do along with supplementary reading based on some of the material referred to in the other sections.
Remember to always follow the latest health advice at https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/