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Play and wellbeing

Taking part in high quality play within early learning environments and at home will contribute to all aspects of a child’s wellbeing. Active play provides benefits for physical health and contributes to the development of fine and gross motor skills. Play also improves mental health and the quality of the nurturing relationship between child and carer.  Play experiences are more valuable when they are supported by warm, loving relationships with peers, parents and carers. Childminders and play workers understand the value of free play and can incorporate this easily in their unique setting.

Resilience can be described as the ability to grow through adversity. Play provides an opportunity to develop resilience and emotional competency in a safe environment when children attempt a task and manage the feelings that result, whether they succeed or fail.  Supportive environments allow children to test boundaries, explore risky situations, learn how to cooperate and manage conflict when they are playing. These all lead to self-learning and will help to build children’s confidence and improve social interaction. Playing with others both enriches the play experience and offers the chance to learn through interactive play.

Professionals working in early learning and childcare, can share their expertise and knowledge about play with both families and also with other professionals. This includes the importance of play, how high quality play contributes to and can improve each aspect of a child’s wellbeing and exploring with families how best to support them to achieve this.