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.