Play Matters – Department of Education

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Play Matters to everyone and as part of this project we are launching a Play Messaging Campaign, aimed at promoting the value and importance of play and leisure for children and young people amongst parents, professionals, communities and indeed, society as a whole.

All children and young people need to play. Play is an integral and fundamental aspect of childhood and is essential in contributing to the healthy development, and well-being of individuals and communities. Through play children explore, imagine and make sense of the world around them, from birth right through to teenage years.


If you would like more information or would like more detail on the full Play and Leisure project (including Play Shaper and Play for Parents programmes) please contact Angela Stallard at angela.stallard@education-ni.gov.uk or Pamela Baxter at pamela.baxter@education-ni.gov.uk or call 028 91279203.

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Last Updated: 23/07/2019