Task 1 * Explain the innate drive for children and young people to play.
The Playwork Principles (2006) state “All children and young people need to play. The impulse to play is innate”.
“Play is a process that is freely chosen, personally directed and intrinsically motivated. Children and young people determine and control the content and intent of their play by following their instincts, ideas and interests in their own way and for their own reasons. The child chooses when and how to play and this is seen as a biological drive, essential to health and well-being.”
This means that play is seen as a natural instinct for a child and is their way of understanding the world around them. Play is something …show more content…
* Explain the role of play workers acting as advocates for play.
The playworkers core function is to create an environment which will stimulate children and young people’s play and maximise their opportunities for a wide range of play experiences all the while ensuring that we are safeguarding the children. Advocating for play means understanding and allowing play to be child centred and personally directed by the children, allowing them to play with what they want and in the way that they want.