Play is an essential part of every child’s life, and children at school and in early years settings need time and space to play.

The Children’s Play Policy Forum commissioned a report in the wider impact of play on children’s lives. The Play Return found that playground break time is one of the best ways to improve children’s levels of physical activity, and that play helps them develop academically, as well as improving their social skills. Playtime also helps build social relations between different ethnic groups, and help children to adjust to school life.

Play England campaigns for children to have the opportunity to play before school, during break times and after school hours. We believe that there should be playtime support including training and awareness-raising for school staff and parents, coupled with the provision of suitable environments, equipment and materials for active, creative play.

Play England offers a consultancy service for schools and children’s services. Click here to find out more.

Play England has also built up a wealth of resources and guidance for schools. Click here to view these resources.