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How important to you is a child's opportunity to play above education, sport and extra-curricular activities?

Play; engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose.

Playwork Principle 1 and 2:

1) All children and young people need to play. The impulse to play is innate. Play is a biological, psychological and social necessity, and is fundamental to the healthy development and well being of individuals and communities.

Play is a process that is freely chosen, personally directed and intrinsically motivated. That is, children and young people determine and control the content and intent of their play, by following their own instincts, ideas and interests, in their own way for their own reasons.

The benefits of play are equal to, if not greater, than those of sport or education in terms of a child's wellbeing, yet do we underestimate it and therefore leave it at the bottom of the priority list? Is play important to you?

Very important, top of my list!
100.0% (4)
School first, then homework, then chores, then play
School and play are equally important
Play is a waste of time!
A child can get all the education they need from play

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  • 1377800856
    Mary-Jane Wilshire
    Mary-Jane Wilshire
    on 29/08/2013

    Hi Sarah

    how are you?

    it was great to see at the Risk and Play Event at the Graduate School for Education. I was really inspired by the P4P campaign and would like to develop an idea in my community at Windmill Hill. Can you advise me how I may become a play champion - e.g. Does my idea need to be quality assured by the team? What steps do I need to take.

    I look forward to hearing from you

    Best wishes

    M-J x

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