Position Statements Supporting Play

National Association for the Education of Young Children

NAEYC Position Statement

"Play is an important vehicle for developing self-regulation as well as promoting language, cognition, and social competence... Children of all ages love to play, and it gives them opportunities to explore the world, interact with others, express and control emotions, develop their symbolic and problem-solving abilities, and practice emerging skills. "

American Academy of Pediatrics

AAP Position Statement

"Play is fundamentally important for learning 21st century skills, such as problem solving, collaboration, and creativity, which require the executive functioning skills that are critical for adult success. "

United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child- Article 31

United Nations' COTROTC Position Statement

"States Parties recognize the right of the child 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."

National ASSOCIAtion for elementary school principals

NAESP Position Statement

"Through play, they try on every role and situation they’ve encountered in life. They explore the world around them and make it their own. Their play is often serious, but it is also enjoyable and deeply satisfying."

International Play Association

IPA Position Statement

“Play and recreation are essential to the health and well-being of children and promote the development of creativity, imagination, selfconfidence, self-efficacy, as well as physical, social, cognitive and emotional strength and skills.”