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Promoting Play Through the Pathway to Play Initiative

Promoting Play Through the Pathway to Play Initiative

25 Jun 2024


At Timberplay Ireland, we are deeply committed to the value of play in children's lives. Inspired by the successful Pathway to Play initiative in the UK, we believe that Ireland can benefit immensely from adopting a similar approach to make play more accessible for all children.

Understanding Pathway to Play

The Pathway to Play initiative in the UK advocates for increased government funding to develop and maintain high-quality play environments. This ensures every child, irrespective of their socio-economic status or location, can access safe, engaging, and inclusive play areas. We propose a comparable initiative for Ireland, recognising the critical role that play has in child development.


The Role of Play in Child Development

Play is crucial for fostering physical health, emotional well-being, social skills, and cognitive development in children. It is through play that children learn essential life skills, such as problem-solving, resilience, and social interaction, laying a strong foundation for their future.


Challenges in Ireland

In Ireland, many children face barriers to accessing quality play spaces due to urbanisation, limited public funding, and a focus on academic achievement. Public parks and playgrounds often suffer from underfunding, leading to outdated or insufficient play equipment that does not meet the diverse needs of all children.


Government's Responsibility

We urge the Irish government to recognise the importance of play and to commit to substantial investment in play infrastructure. By doing so, we can create inclusive environments that cater to all children, including those with disabilities and from disadvantaged backgrounds.


Timberplay Ireland’s Vision

At Timberplay Ireland, we are dedicated to creating innovative play solutions that inspire and engage children. Our equipment encourages imaginative, active play, promoting physical fitness and social interaction. We are committed to ensuring every child in Ireland has access to safe, stimulating play environments.


Looking Forward

Adopting a Pathway to Play initiative in Ireland is a crucial step towards a society that prioritises the well-being of its children. By collaborating with the government, local authorities, and communities, we can ensure that every child has the opportunity to benefit from enriching play experiences.


Play is a fundamental aspect of childhood, essential for healthy development. Timberplay Ireland supports the call for increased funding for play spaces and urges the government to take decisive action. Together, we can create a brighter future for Irish children, one play space at a time.

For more information about how we are revolutionising play in Ireland, check out our case studies.  Please contact us directly regarding any queries you may have.

Let’s work together to provide every child in Ireland with the opportunity to play, learn, and grow.