The Power of Play

A child in England has the right to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.

Play is an essential part of every child’s life. It is vital for:

  • the enjoyment of childhood
  • a way of communicating and expression
  • social, emotional, intellectual and physical development
  • self-regulation 
  • feelings of achievement
  • safely exploring the world around them
  • testing boundaries
  • being active, creative or independent

Play and Physical Activity

Sport England’s insight, provided by the annual Active Lives survey, reveals that a key driver for children engaging with physical activity is for it to be fun. Play is the embodiment of fun. That’s why we seek to position strongly the power of play among partners in Cornwall who aim to encourage more children to be physically active.

The theme for Play Day on 03 August 2022 was ‘All to play for – building play opportunities for all children’.

Boing supports practitioners to create playful, active and inclusive spaces that develop children’s physical literacy. Helping to unlock the power of play by letting kids be kids.

Play England is an independent charity campaigning for all children and young people in England to have the freedom and space to play throughout childhood.

The Time 2 Move Holiday Programme runs throughout the main school holidays and is a chance for local community providers to offer fun and free activities for local children on free school meals. 

ParkPlay is an event where people #MeetMovePlay together with others in their local community. Everyone is welcome and it’s free. 

The Sensory Trust have developed guidance to help you design and create inclusive play opportunities for all children. 


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