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Why is play and learning important for a child’s development

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Why is play and learning important for a child's development?

Specific areas:

Literacy- involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials such as books, poems and other written materials, it also depends on the child's reading skills to enable different types of reading books. for eg; ks1/ks2/level3/4 biff chip and kipper.

Mathematics- involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting and understanding numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems and describe shapes, spaces and measurements. for eg; they would know what a jug is an bowl because they have different types of measuring materials to play with at play time and at the water places, in nursery and reception.

buzz buzz books
oh wow
I'm fabulous!
Creative arts (music, art, drama, role play and d.t)- the child can empower and explore with a wider range of media and materials as well as providing encouragement opportunities in sharing their thoughts. They create for themselves a circle of trust (people they like to play with) and especially bonding with their teachers and parents and relying on them. This results in them developing and improving their communication skills and socializing skills. Imagination is also used in creative arts the children some times would pretend they are eating or drinking a certain thing, this is used in nursery (eg) tea parties, playing teacher ect. Imagination helps them develop their language skills when they try to form a sentence that they have be learned in a book or just to say out loud when they are busy imagining scenes.

Play gives children space and time to practice physical movement, e.g building blocks this will enable them to know which color they have picked up and how much amount of block they have. By doing this their numeracy and literacy skills are at work, so they develop physical and intellectual skills, by moving they are physically getting up for their own things and intellectual they are counting.

Play creates awareness, they know their surroundings around them when they have assorted a certain colour in its group. This makes them aware of dangers for (eg) different surfaces like slopes and stairs they know how to walk on different surfaces. And also their mistakes and experiences can create awareness for them to reflect back so they wouldn't do them again if they were to. eg (silly corner/step)

Children establish constructive and positive relationships with those involved (eg) parents, siblings and teachers helps them develop their communication skills with others and be more social and it builds up their self esteem, positive environment makes them feel more safe and comfortable to open up with others. Social development when they can open up with others eg(parents/peers/teachers) knowing how to make up, when dealing with triumph and disasters. Role of play, equipping children about what life throws at them.

Play is real life interaction to nurture that child to learn. Play lays the foundation for literacy.Through play children learn to make and practice new sounds, through nursery rhymes and story books they are developing their speech and vocab with new words and also improving their social skills because they have a various vocab to communicate. They are trying out new vocabulary which helps their imagination through storytelling.

Play gives children choice. Having enough toys or activities to choose from. This will allow children to express themselves. Children are open and responsive to the learning within the play activity. By doing this they are communicating with one another and are developing their social skills and are learning to share with others. Taking turns to play with toys shapes and games this enables them to be patient.
Physical development
Emotional development
Cognitive development
Language development
Social development
Tassoni.P, Baker.B, (2012) Children's play and learning development. unit 2 (pp 84-86 Essex
Pre- school learning alliance's (updated 2013)

National literacy trust ( updated 2014


National institute of child care and education. (2013) http://www.niched.org/importance_of_play.html
Kids spot (by justin coulson) (2011) the power of play to boost children's development. http://www.kidspot.com.au/discoverycentre/Development-Development-The-power-of-play-to-boost-childrens-development+5395+553+article.htm
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Why play and learning important
play lays down the foundations to a child learning and growth development. Play is important to a child's development and learning. It isn't just physical. It can involve cognitive, emotional, language and social aspects. It is the main way most children express their impulse to explore, experiment and understand. Children of all ages play.
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