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​The importance of play

When we talk about play, people naturally think about young children, however all children and young people should have the opportunity to play every day.

Play is important for the early stages of brain development and playing with your child can help build relationships for later life. But no matter what age we are, play helps to develop important skills for learning, life and work.

Encouraging play is one of the best things you can do for a child, whatever their age.

Children and young people have a right to play. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child states (in Article 31) that every child should have:

“The right to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.”
United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

At Priorsford we encourage play in all classes across the school. Below are details of our Soft Start and Outdoor Learning

Learning through play | Learning at home | Parent Zone (

Soft Start

A short period of time and space first thing in the morning for children to choose a settling-in task to prepare them for the  day ahead. Child-led choice of indoor and/or outdoor free play activities


Soft Start 1.10 MB 23 downloads