The importance of play

Resources and further information relating to the importance of children's play.

  1. 1. Best Play - What play provision should do for children A joint publication from the National Playing Fields Association, PLAYLINK and the former Children's Play Council. This report looks into the benefits of play for children, as well as the consequences of inadequate play provision.
  2. 2. Buskers Guide to Playing Out Philip Waters (2006)
    A guide for adults who work in children’s play that examines the real meaning of playing outside, for both themselves and the children they work with. It explores the importance of children’s choices about play, and how adults can help or hinder children in getting the most from the great outdoors.
  3. 3. Charter for Children’s Play The Charter outlines eight statements or principles that describe a vision of play. It has been adopted by the Play England Council and forms the underpinning document for Play England's work.
  4. 4. Children’s Play in Natural Environments Written by Martin Maudsley, this factsheet looks at the benefits of natural play for children and gives advice on how adults can support it.
  5. 5. Free play in early childhood: A literature review A comprehensive literature review focusing on free play and the early years.This review draws on existing research and investigates the importance of giving young children the time, space and resources to play in their own way, without the influence of adult structuring.
  6. 6. Key sources of information on children’s play Compiled by Children’s Play Information Services (CPIS), this factsheet lists some of the key organisations and sources of information on children’s play.
  7. 7. Play Stuart Brown (2009)
    A groundbreaking book on the science of play, and its essential connection to intelligence and happiness throughout our lives.
  8. 8. Play For A Change A detailed analysis of research and literature published since 2001 that underpins contemporary understandings of the importance of play, and how it relates to social policy and practice.
  9. 9. Playwork Principles These principles establish the professional and ethical framework for playwork. It describes what is unique about play and playwork, providing the playwork perspective for working with children and young people.
  10. 10. Quality in Play Quality in Play is a quality assurance scheme for out-of-school play and childcare provision to ensure quality play opportunities for children.
  11. 11. The Value of Play Perry Else (2009)
    The Value of Play is explained using the Integral Play Framework, a model that draws together differing views on the purpose of play and its various types. These ideas are then used as the basis for chapters of the book, showing why playing is valuable to our bodies and our minds, both culturally and socially.
  12. 12. Tools for evaluating play provision: the local play indicators Local play indicators developed to support both top tier and second tier local authorities in assessing and managing their own performance in providing play opportunities to local children.
  13. 13. UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Article 31 The right to play and informal recreation is a human right for children and young people up to 18 years of age, enshrined in the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child. The Convention was ratified by the UK in 1991. Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child recognises the rights of children to:
    - Rest and leisure
    - Engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to their age
  14. 14. Where do children play? Written by Issy Cole-Hamilton, Head of Policy Research and Projects, Play England. This factsheet is about the types of places children use for outdoor play.
  15. 15. Why Play? This leaflet looks at the benefits of active play and how to make it part of everyday life.
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