What is play?

Play is such a critical part of a child’s development that the United Nations (UN) have recognised this in Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989), where it declares that we all must, “…recognize the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities”. In fact, the rights of children are considered so important by the UN that this convention was the first legally binding instrument to contain all the recognised and defined rights of a human (even before adults were afforded all the same rights!).

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Here at Milton Keynes Play Association we also recognise the importance of these rights and through play we do all that we can to aid a child’s capacity to develop social skills, build relationships, progress as individuals and keep healthy at the same time.

In these modern times, with our busy lives, it is often too easy to overlook the importance of play for children, and with all the worries that come with being a parent or guardian it can be hard to allow children the freedom, space or time they need to play.  It is our goal to make sure that we are on-hand to provide the opportunities to play that some children are not afforded and to truly make play matter.