Way to Play
Play is an essential part of children’s lives and is vital to their development. The importance of play in contributing to the health and well-being of children, extending through childhood and beyond, is universally acknowledged. As an essential ingredient to the social, physical, intellectual, creative and emotional development of children, play provides a mechanism for them to explore the world around them, develop and practice skills. This resource has been developed to inspire you to provide and create playful opportunities for children in your care. The resource is divided into five sections. Each section provides an overview of play along with some ideas of things that you can do to support it.