Why is Play so Important?
Play is an essential part of every child’s life and is vital for the enjoyment of childhood as well as social, emotional, intellectual and physical development.
Through play children increase their self-awareness, self-esteem, self-respect and build confidence through developing new skills. Play promotes their imagination, independence and creativity, offering opportunities to build resilience through risk taking and problem solving.
Play is the work of children and is how they make sense of the complicated world around them.
It can help families form bonds, and creates memories that last a lifetime.
Play is so essential to children’s well-being that the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child have legislated that all children have the right to play (UNCRC Article 31)
At OutLET: Play Resource, we understand the difference that Play can make to a child’s life and work to bring play opportunities to all children and families throughout central and southern Scotland.