Time in the playground is as important as time in the classroom. Kids who are given the chance to run, jump and play freely during the school day concentrate better and achieve more. Peer relationships are stronger and behaviour is improved. This project aims to make sure that everyone understands this.
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This year long pilot project sees London Play working with teachers and families to develop their understanding of the importance of play.
Working with four schools in Enfield and Waltham Forest, we are delivering training and resources to help teachers and lunchtime supervisors develop an understanding of the importance of play for children’s physical, mental and social development - and subsequently, happier, healthier and more productive adulthoods. A written resource pack will also be developed for families and schools, outlining the benefits of play and containing practical ideas about how to encourage and support children's play both during school break times and outside school - in homes and communities.
A 'play kitemark' will be developed and awarded to schools with excellent play offers and an understanding of its importance. The project will also contribute to participating schools' progress in attaining Healthy Schools London awards.
This pilot will lay the foundations for a three-year rollout across London’s 33 boroughs that will raise awareness among schools, families and communities about play’s essential role in promoting children’s health and wellbeing.
Our ultimate aim is that playtime will become recognised as of equal importance to classroom time in the school day and beyond it. If you are involved with a school in either Enfield or Waltham Forest that you would like to benefit in this project, please contact Paul Hocker via firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to investment from The Mercers' Company, schools can participate in this project free of charge.