The Welsh Government Play Policy (2002) states:
‘Play is the elemental learning process by which humankind has developed. Children exhibit a behavioural imperative and instinctive desire to play. It has contributed significantly to the evolutionary and developmental survival of our species. Children use play in the natural environment to learn of the world they inhabit with others. It is the very process of learning and growth, and as such all that is learnt through it is of benefit to the child …
‘It is the very freedom and child centredness of play that makes it such an effective and comprehensive learning process.
'This policy statement is predicated upon the principles that: every child is entitled to respect for their own unique combination of qualities and capabilities; the perceptions of the child, their views and opinions should always be respected for each child is connected to, and a bearer of, a wider culture’.
School Play Policy
Play Wales recommends that schools that wish to provide a rich play environment for children adopt a play policy. A school play policy states the value that the school places on children’s play and commits itself to supporting children’s play opportunities.
The policy should be shared with the children, staff and parents and be included in the school prospectus.
We have produced a sample school play policy that may be used in its entirety or adapted to suit the needs of the school.