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Learning Through Play

The Importance of Play!

Play is an integral part of a child’s early development. Playing helps young children’s brains to develop and for their language and communication skills to mature. It is important to ensure children have enough time to play. Play not only does it allows children to release extra energy, but it also lets them find out who they are and opens their minds by looking at their environment and taking in their surroundings. Through play, children learn and develop different skills they will need in life, such as:

  • Problem-solving and learning cause and effect
  • Learning how to play with others through compromise, conflict resolution and sharing
  • Development of fine and gross motor skills
  • Nurturing their creativity and imagination
  • Discovering their independence and positive self-esteem

There are 16 different play types. These are: Communication Play, Creative Play, Deep Play, Dramatic Play, Exploratory Play,

Fantasy and Imaginary Play, Locomotor Play, Mastery Play, Object Play, Recapitulative Play, Role Play, Rough and Tumble Play,

Social Play, Socio-Dramatic Play, and Symbolic Play. Check out the attached document to read more about these types of play and how they fit into our learning. 

50 things to do before you're 5


50 Things To Do started with the objective of helping to solve the problem of children reaching their first school experience with low literacy levels, language skills, or just a lack of life experiences. This immediately puts them at a disadvantage against the rest of the class, and research shows that most children never recover from this early disadvantage, affecting not just their attainment, but also their confidence and aspirations.

There is a huge amount of research from the DfE, the Education Foundation and Public Health England expressing that early intervention to support the development of language, literacy and communication skills in the under-fives has a profound impact on achievement in primary and secondary age phases. This is particularly the case for disadvantaged learners. 50 Things is based on the simple notion that access to life-changing, fun, low-cost or no-cost experiences with your family is a great way to support and develop young children’s oracy skills and confidence so that they enter primary school much more ready to learn.

The 50 Things project is about getting parents involved in a range of activities with their children, along with appropriate guidance that will make an impact. These have been carefully developed by education experts, early years practitioners.


50 things to do