Play underpins the EYFS and is how the curriculum is delivered. It also reinforces 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. Because it’s fun, children often become very absorbed in what they are doing. In turn, this helps them develop the ability to concentrate.
Here are a few examples of how the toys and activities we have in Early Years will support your child’s learning and development: