Friendships and playing are how children have fun and learn to negotiate with the world around them. They share ideas but also learn that not everyone is the same as them and that people have different ways of thinking and doing things.  It is very important for children and young people to experience friendships.  They get a sense of who they are, and what their place is in the world from friendships and relationships.  This learning is invaluable to children and young people.  It is the basis of any relationships which will form in the future.