The Role of Play by Ms Coleman on “El Mundo” Newspaper

Ms Coleman, Head of Inclusion for Primary at BSB Castelldefels, was recently asked to share her views about the benefits of play for all children. Her sound advice was included in a very interesting report where other educational professionals also explained their opinions about this topic.

The article “La Importancia del Juego” (The Importance of Play) was featured on “El Mundo” newspaper in July. Although the article sought to contextualise the topic in the summer holiday break, her words remain still valid for any time of the year, especially now that children will get back to their school routine:

El verano es una oportunidad única para que los niños jueguen sin presiones, y con más disponibilidad de tiempo, pero las recomendaciones deben servir para todo el año, pues los niños tienen que jugar todos los días. Lo más importante es que el juego sea diverso y, dentro de esa diversidad, está el juego al aire libre. Cuando no juegan al aire libre, «se pierden la oportunidad de aprender activamente sobre el mundo que les rodea, de explorar y tomar riesgos. Los niños deben poder ser niños, correr, saltar, gritar, ensuciarse y explorar lo desconocido. El juego al aire libre es positivo para la salud y el desarrollo físico y, mientras juegan con sus amigos, aprenden habilidades de socialización, interacción, cooperación y negociación», señala Carol Coleman, coordinadora psicopedagógica de The British School of Barcelona.

Summer is a unique opportunity for children to play without pressure. They also have more time. However, these recommendations should be followed throughout the year, since children should be able to play every day. The most important thing is that they have a variety of games and can play outdoors. When they do not play outdoors, they ‘miss the opportunity to actively learn about the world around them, to explore and take risks. Children should be able to be children, run, jump, shout, get dirty and explore the unknown. Outdoor play is positive both for their health and physical development and when they play with friends, they also learn to socialise, interact, work as a team and negotiating skills’, says Carol Coleman, Head of Inclusion for Primary at The British School of Barcelona.

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