All children have the right to play as enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; Article 31:
“Children have the right to relax and play and to join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and other recreational activities”
All children and young people regardless of their age, ability, culture, ethnicity or background, need time and space to play freely. Ensuring that every child has access to stimulating play environments throughout their childhood is an important way of supporting their well-being and development.
Children will play anywhere – interesting and challenging play environments can enrich and expand children’s play, generate feelings of well-being and self-worth, and promote positive relationships. It extends a wide range of important possibilities to children: to have contact with nature; to test and expand their interests and abilities; to make their own explorations and discoveries; to play without undue adult involvement; to interact, make change and transform their surroundings.