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Helpful tips for parents to support children's play


New resource for parents to support children's play / Adnodd newydd i rieni gefnogi chwarae plant
Public Health Wales' new Every Child Wales programme advises that children should play outdoors everyday: 
'Children who play outdoors every day are more likely to be a healthy weight. Give your child the chance to play outdoors every day. Active play, especially outdoors, helps your child develop physically, mentally and emotionally. It helps then develop strong bones and muscles, improves their skills and coordination, and makes them feel better about themselves. It can even help them sleep better.'
Every Child Wales brings together information and advice to support parents in giving children a happy and healthy start in life. This summer we are working with Public Health Wales to support parents and families to provide outdoor play opportunities for children in their communities. 
Our new Helpful tips for parents to support children's play resource includes information about the physical and mental benefits of playing, tips for playful parenting as well as addressing parental concerns about playing outdoors. 
Download Helpful tips for parents to support children's play
The resource is also available to download as separate sections: 
Physical activity guidelines for children and young people
Benefits of play
Addressing parental concerns
Playful parenting
Sit less, move more
'Play Wales welcomes the recognition of the importance of children's play by Public Health Wales, by including access to outdoor play in Every Child Wales. Playing is a vital dimension of a happy and healthy childhood. It contributes to the wellbeing and resilience of human beings – particularly children. Having welcoming places, enough time and the company of others to play with every day, is of great consequence to all children and young people – as adults we need to foster environments that support this.'
Marianne Mannello, Play Wales' Assistant Director