Learning Through Play
The Importance of Play
Play underpins the EYFS. It also 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. These might include clothes, boxes, buckets, old blankets that will inspire play and fire children’s imaginations. They observe play and join in when invited, watching and listening before intervening. They value play and provide safe but challenging environments that support and extend learning and development. (Early Years Matters)
Learning through play testimonial
I have never had any doubt about sending my daughter, Rose, back to preschool at any point during the covid pandemic. She is always very excited and happy to go there, and I know I trust all the staff there to make the right decisions for my children.
Coten end preschool is the best early years setting in Warwick by far. The staff are so knowledgeable and experienced, many of them have been there for numerous years, they're not like any "leader", rather, an adult friend, who supports, nurtures and encourages.The uncertainty of the whole lockdown situation hasn't diminished the enthusiasm of the staff, Rose hasn't suffered in any way, and comes home with another ability nearly every day. The "learning" isn't learning. Learning through play. (Parent comment: M.C 2021)