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Primary School

Photo of a boy running with a ball in a playgroundAlthough play remains an important context through which children learn as they grow, their opportunities for play at primary school level are minimal. The National Play Policy acknowledges that while play assists children in adjusting to the school environment, play is often limited to break time. Sadly, outside play can be restricted due to fears of insurance claims or lack of resources. Walking to school was once a wonderful time for play, but today high volumes of traffic make that adventure prohibitive. There have been attempts to regain the freedom to play on the way to school for children under safe routes to school initiatives. The primary school curriculum also recommends the use of play in teaching certain subjects. The National Parents Council (Primary) offers information and advice on aspects of primary school education.