As adults, it is our responsibility to make sure children have the time, space and freedom to play. There is a whole workforce that helps make this happen.
Children play in many different places, wherever and whenever conditions are right. This can be indoors and outdoors, and includes places such as schools, childcare settings and hospitals.
People whose role impacts directly or indirectly on children’s play are also part of the play workforce. This includes those working in:
It also includes those in other areas within statutory services, such as:
A range of professionals in the third sector also have a role in supporting children’s play.
The United Nations General Comment no. 17 on Article 31 sets out adults’ important role in giving children the support they need to realise their right to play. It notes:
As part of their school day children have a right to be given time and space to play
Playing is central to all aspects of children’s health and wellbeing – mental, physical, social and emotional
Cultural settings can support children’s right to play, alongside recreational activities and the arts
Information and resources for sharing with the parents, carers and families you work with
Youth work provision has an important role in supporting teenagers to play and meet up with friends