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Focus on play - public health professionals


This briefing for public health professionals provides information about how to support better opportunities for children to play in their own communities. Children and young people need and are entitled to quality places and time for play as part of their everyday life within their own community.

It features information about:

  • the importance of play for children’s health and wellbeing
  • play and physical activity
  • play and emotional wellbeing
  • addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences through play
  • creating time for outdoor play in settings
  • the role of healthy schools
  • the role of public health professionals in promoting play.

Although this issue of Focus on play is aimed at public health professionals it provides useful information about the importance of play for children’s mental and physical health and wellbeing and how we can support the provision of play opportunities for children.

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'To children and young people, playing is one of the most important aspects of their lives – they value time, freedom and quality places to play ... Children and parents report many barriers to playing – speed and volume of traffic, lack of outdoor space and grumpy grownups. We need to address barriers to playing; this is a task for all of us.'