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Play: health and well-being


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Children begin their active lives through play. This is important to their physical, cognitive and social development. Freely chosen, self-directed play is important for children’s health and well-being.

This information sheet looks at why playing is crucial to children's health and well-being and explores ways to support good quality play. Play: health and well-being also provides information about play and physical activity as well as play and emotional well-being.

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This is an updated version of the Play: health and well-being information sheet originally published in 2012.