The positive association between outdoor time and physical activity is well documented, thus interventions which promote children's outdoor play are important.
Strategies which aim to alleviate parental safety concerns, particularly with regards to children's independent activity, may be necessary.
The after school period provides an important opportunity for active play, though other behaviours (e.g. homework and screen-based entertainment) might displace physically active play during this period.
Due to the age related decline in active play, it is necessary to understand the age groups that should be included in this indicator. Appropriate age specific guidelines should be provided, which would enable a suitable benchmark to be assigned.
Different methods for measuring active play need to be assessed so that researchers can use a valid means of measuring active play appropriately.
Nationally representative data that utilises such appropriate methods to examine levels of active play is required.
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