Outdoor play

The benefits of outdoor play:

  • Develops children’s self-confidence and resilience
  • Helps children learn to make friends and get along with people
  • Develops children’s common sense, understanding of the world and how it works
  • Important for physical fitness
  • Teaches them lessons they can't learn at school.

Professionals can encourage outdoor play through:

  • Teaching children road safety from an early age
  • Explaining what to do if someone approaches them, and where it's safe to go
  • Setting firm boundaries, and teach them to be well-mannered to adults
  • Promote traffic calming measures in residential areas
  • Set up ‘Home Zones' where people (especially children) come before cars
  • Commission a public information campaign about the importance of play
  • Send out information through the schools to help parents reinstate outdoor play
  • Start ‘greening' our urban environments so they're more fun to play in.

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