Importance of play
Play underpins learning and all aspects of children’s development.
Through play, children develop language skills, their emotions and creativity, social and intellectual skills.
For most children their play is natural and spontaneous although some children may need extra help from adults.
Play takes place indoors and outdoors and it is in these different environments that children explore and discover their immediate world. It is here they practise new ideas and skills, they take risks, show imagination and solve problems on their own or with others.
The role that adults have is crucial. Adults provide time and space and appropriate resources.
extract taken from Early Years Matters
Drop into the centre and pick up a copy of 'What to expect, when?' A guide to your child's learning and development in the early years foundation stage.