The Importance of Play Play is essential to children’s development. It’s so important that it’s recognised by the United Nations as being a right for every child. Our outdoor learning provision at Orchard centre recognises the importance of play and we build opportunities for games and free play into our sessions on a regular basis.
Play supports the development of imagination and creativity and encourages children to interact with the world around them. Play encourages social interaction and helps to build social skills, confidence and emotional resilience.
This week in our outdoor learning sessions students have been designing and building their own games. We’ve navigated obstacle courses, followed blindfold rope paths and clambered through para-cord spiderwebs. We’ve also played lots and lots of variations on hide and seek which, if the rumours are to be believed, staff enjoyed as much as the students.