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British Psychological Society highlights importance of play


The British Psychological Society (BPS) has launched a range of new films to highlight the use of play to regulate children’s emotions and support psychological well-being. BPS hopes the films will help parents, carers and education professionals to use play to support children to make sense of the changes happening in their lives.

The first film highlights the benefits of using play to help children understand the changes they are experiencing and gives tips on using play to support their well-being.

The second film offers advice from educational psychologists and experts in play. It discusses the role of play in supporting learning and promoting children’s well-being as they return to a school environment, that may look different.

Additionally, BPS has published guidance on meeting the psychological needs of children as they go back to school, to support re-engagement and recovery.  The guidance notes the importance of prioritising play once schools reopen. Play can support early years children’s holistic well-being and development.

Melernie Meheux, an educational psychologist and joint chair-elect of the BPS division of educational and child psychology, said:

‘The coronavirus crisis has been a new and unusual time for all of us, adults and children alike. Play is a fantastic way of helping children make sense of what’s happening in their world and enables them to process their emotions, whether they’re excited and happy, or feeling anxious and unsure.’

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