Educationalists and sociologists are now taking it in turns to feed and water the role of play, in a child’s life. And we might expect (eventually) politicians to play their part, too. Although the notion of allowing children to explore their world through games of their own making, may need to be deconstructed and fed to elected members in bite-size pieces.
There are others who can put the argument much better than I can. So I’ll point you (if you’re interested) to this article by Dr David Whitebread, and Gever Tulley's short TED video that is guaranteed to curl the hair of some.