Your Early Learning Centre Speaks on the Importance of Play to a Child’s Physical, Mental, and Social Development.
We understand how important your child’s physical, mental, and social development is to you, it is important to us as well. This is why your local Early Learning Centre encourages learning through play as it supports your child’s development in all of these key areas.
Impact on Physical Development
Active play is crucial for a child’s physical development. This form of play often helps children to better develop their fine and gross motor skills, whether that be balancing, picking up objects, or walking. This form of play supports children’s overall health now and into the future, it is said that people that had an active childhood are more likely to have healthier habits in adulthood.
Impact on Mental Development
Learning through play also enables children to use their creativity to develop their imagination and emotional strength. Children become a master of their world when playing, constantly finding new skills to develop and conquer. As children begin to explore through play, new competencies are developed, all assisting in strengthening their mental development and confidence.
Impact on Social Development
Children have the freedom to play with others, often this takes the form of dramatic and imaginative play, which includes role-play and dressing up. This form of play can help develop positive social and emotional skills and values. Children’s social skills are being developed simultaneously when playing in groups. When children play with others they start to listen, pay attention, and share play experiences, helping them to explore their own and other children’s feelings as well as develop self-discipline.
Improves Cognitive, Social and Emotional Development
Outdoor play is a great facilitator to develop children’s ability to think critically and take calculated risks. For example, whether to jump from the play equipment or to climb down. The extra space offered by being outdoors will give children more time to play freely with one another, developing both their communication and social skills.
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