Why it Matters for Schools
Research shows that outdoor, self-directed play supports the development of the whole child – cognitive, social, emotional and physical skills – and contributes to school success.
The average child will spend 8 years in school from Kindergarten to Grade 6. While most of that time is dedicated to curriculum, 1.4 years of that school time is spent outdoors during recess and lunch. This is valuable time for hands-on learning and enriched exploration that goes beyond monkey bars and slides.
When we improve the opportunities for outdoor play at school, both children and schools benefit. Children who play are ready to learn; they experience fewer behaviour problems and have a more positive attitude toward school. Schools that plan for great play spend less time dealing with unnecessary problems and experience fewer playground incidents.