Parent–child play: A mental health promotion strategy for all children


Child-led play is an approach to playtime that relies on the parent following the child’s choices, leads and prompts without teaching or correcting. It helps parents to focus on the individual needs and preferences of their child and contributes to developing children’s skills in creativity, problem-solving and decision making, increasing their confidence and resilience.

In this webinar, Sarah will detail how practitioners who work with families with children aged 0–12 years can adapt child-led play to their specific professional circumstances and use it as a mental health promotion strategy. This webinar will assist practitioners who interact with families in universal health, education and community services, including early childhood education and care settings, through:

  • describing how practitioners can play an important role in promoting child-led play as a mental health promotion strategy for all children
  • outlining how practitioners can support parents to use play with their child to gain insights into their parent–child relationship, and their child’s strengths and vulnerabilities
  • exploring play as a mechanism to begin conversations about the hopes that parents have for their relationships with their children and increasing parents’ agency to make positive change
  • providing strategies that develop the resilience of children and have positive effects on their long-term social and emotional wellbeing.

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