Policy and research Play At Children's Links we believe play is the most important work. Play is essential for the well-being and development children of all ages and children’s right Play should be fun but it also has many benefits for children, families and the wider community. Play: Improves physical and mental health Promotes learning and creativity Develops social skills Increases confidence Encourages problem solving skills An important element of play is the opportunity to explore and take risks. Children relish things that are exciting, challenging and new. Providing opportunities for them to take risks in play helps them to establish their capabilities and boundaries in a safe environment. Play England’s ‘Play for a change' briefing provides more detail about the research and evidence on the benefits of play.