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When we talk about play, people naturally think about young children, however all children and young people should have the opportunity to play every day.

Play is important for the early stages of brain development and playing with your child can help build relationships for later life. But no matter what age we are, play helps to develop important skills for learning, life and work. 

Encouraging play is one of the best things you can do for your child, whatever their age, and it's free.  Children and young people have a right to play. 

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child states (in Article 31) that every child should have:

... the right to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.

Link: United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child