The Importance of Play

This page provides tips and links for parents, carers, and P&Cs to provoke interest and enthusiasm for play.

Despite a wealth of evidence supporting the importance of play for children’s educational outcomes, access to play as part of learning is limited, regulated, and only partially understood. 

Dr Peter Gray, author of “Free to Learn,” defines play and discusses why unleashing the instinct of play makes children happier, more self-reliant, and better students for life.

Neuroscience educator, teacher, and public speaker, Nathan Wallis provides useful videos that can help with ideas about learning at home:

 Parks and play

Outdoor spaces and thoughtfully designed playgrounds are important for children's play. Knowing where to find great playgrounds and what makes them good for your family's needs supports parents to be part of the playground conversation. Check out this useful, national Playground Finder.