Children and young people don’t need a reason to play; they will play wherever they are and with whatever is available to them. This is because they have an inborn drive to engage with the world. Play can be imaginative, messy, dramatic, quiet, challenging, upsetting, scary, fun, boring, naughty and fulfilling.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child gives every child the right to play. This is because play is a major process in childhood, that enables children and young people to learn about themselves and the world around them. Through playing, children and young people learn the life skills that will sustain them in later years.
All of Play Right’s projects are grant funded, and aim to leave a sustainable legacy of improved play opportunities for children and young people, in their own communities. For this reason, play sessions are open access and can not be treated as childcare, children are able to come and go as they chose so that they get used to playing with friends and being out in their own communities.
“Play is what I do when everyone else has stopped telling me what to do” ~ Child
All local authorities now have a legal duty to assess and secure sufficient play opportunities in Wales. This made Wales the first country to legislate for play.
In 2015, 89% of adults consulted said that Play Right’s projects brought the whole community together. So it’s not only children that benefit from good local play opportunities.