Why Play Is So Important?
There may be times you walk into your child’s classroom and wonder what they are actually learning or receive photos of your child ‘just playing’. But play has enormous advantages for children developmentally.For babies a game of peek a boo or singing a song can teach them about communication, develop their motor skills and problem-solving skills. Toddlers building up blocks and knocking them over can allow them to discover maths and science concepts like shapes, balance and counting. All of these games and play are vital foundations for formal education that is to come.
“Roughly 80% of brain development is completed by age three and 90 % by age five. This means a child cannot wait for primary school for learning to begin”. (Their World).
The play you see happening whilst your child is in childcare is providing this important development and preparing them for school.
Apart from the development side of why play is important for learning, play provides a fun experience for the children to learn in the way that suits them best. When a child is playing they are expressing themselves. When a child is allowed to play they feel accepted and this acceptance builds positive sense of self. When a child is playing they are interacting with others and creating friendships. Developing these social skills allows the children to learn how to manage their emotions and work alongside other children. Sometimes it can be hard to see the value in play and you may feel your child needs to learn more, write, read, count, etc but this will all come once the children build on their foundation skills through play. Join in the play with your child, allow them to direct the play and watch the learning occur. At Rainbow Corner we love play! We take every opportunity to provide the children with the opportunity to play.