Play Policy

All children are entitled to play; it is intrinsic to their quality of life and an important part of how they learn and enjoy themselves.

According to the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2017), “Play is essential for children’s development building their confidence as they learn to explore to think about problems and relate to others. Children learn by leading their own play and by taking part in play which is guided by adults.”

At Branches Out of School we recognise the importance of play to a child’s development and follow the Playwork Principles. As play workers we support and facilitate play, and do not seek to control or direct it. We will never force children to participate in play but allow children to initiate and direct the experience for themselves.

Facilitating play

We support and facilitate play by:

Play areas and equipment

This policy was adopted by: Branches Out of School, Date: Spring 2021

To be reviewed: Spring 2022 Signed: Sharon Evans, Manager

Written in accordance with the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2017): Learning and Development requirements [1.1 footnote 5; 1.8]; Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements: Safety and Suitability of Premises, Environment and Equipment [3.64]