Playground Buddies are children selected from year two classes, whose job it is to support the person on playground duty.
Playground buddies help to…
- Encourage children to play together.
- Reduce the incidences of poor behaviour, aggression and "rough games"
- Enable children to resolve play and friendship problems in a fair way.
- Offer support to individual children who "don't want to play"
- Reduce the number of accidents on the playground through safer play.
- Support children on the playground who are lonely
- Look after playground equipment.
- Raise self-esteem (both other children and buddies)
- Make children feel valued by giving them the responsibility of being a buddy.
- Provide positive role models for younger children.
- Make happier playtimes for children.