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Play is serious learning

12 June 2023: 

Play is serious learning. Play is an essential part of a child's development and wellbeing. It not only brings joy and fun into their lives but also plays a crucial role in their physical, cognitive, social, and emotional growth. Our generous ‘break times’ are essential features in our balanced and fulfilling school days.  

Through play, our children interact with others from all age-groups, providing opportunities for them to develop social skills and build relationships. Play allows for cooperation and negotiation, which are essential skills for building healthy relationships and functioning in a social setting.  

"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning.
But for children, play is serious learning. Play is the work of childhood." - Fred Rogers

Children need to express and regulate their emotions. Play allows them to explore different feelings, roles, and scenarios, helping them to develop empathy, self-awareness, and emotional intelligence.  

Play nurtures a child's imagination and creativity, allowing them to think outside the box, explore new ideas, and engage in pretend play. It encourages them to develop their own narratives and explore various perspectives, which fosters their cognitive and emotional growth. 

In our safe and supportive environment, we are able to step back and let the children play. Off they run, to explore and feel free.