During the pandemic, children’s independent mobility may be more essential than ever before.
Play with their friends helps children develop social skills and is good for mental health.
Scotland is undertaking a child-care initiative to double the number of fully funded child-care hours available to parents, and outdoor play is part of it.
Instead of insisting on homeschooling primary-age kids, free play can help them learn and has benefits for physical and mental health.
Children feel less frustrated and are allowed to be creative and expressive in spaces where they make choices.
New research has found that fears of playground accidents such as falls have led to considerable changes in school playgrounds, reflecting a climate of over-policing and surplus rules and regulations.