Why Is Play Important

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Unit - Understand child and young person development.
CYP core 3.1
4.3 Explain how play and activities are used to support the development of speech, language and communication. PLAY IS IMPORTANT – PLAY IS LEARNING – PLAY IS FUN
Play is the natural way for a child to discover the world around them and interact with others. Through play children combine movement, thinking, listening and communication which help’s children to develop and enhance their skills. Adult’s sharing play with children are helping the child to develop knowledge and skills in communication and interaction but sometimes children may need a little extra help with play to develop particular skills. Play and activities can be used to encourage vocabulary and language. Children will then go on and incorporate what they have learnt in their own play. It ensures that language is used meaningfully which is important for children. Play can lead to exploration and develops physical and cognitive skills e.g. * Gross motor skills

* Locomotive skills
* Fine motor skills
* Imagination
* Listening skills
* Behaviour
* Speech, language and communication
* Social Skills
Play enables a child to develop a clear understanding of themselves, the world around them and the relationships that they have with family and friends. It also promotes a positive attitude and in response children’s confidence and experimentation of ideas and feelings develop. Play is a social occasion as it offers opportunities for communication in different social situations; * Playing with friends at school

* Playing with adults – equal play, both playing together * Practising or engaging in activities involving friends – creating their own social structure. * Therapeutic intervention – individual play sessions.

* Expressions – verbal and non-verbal
* Play is communication with others.
Children always use toys in different ways and should not be limited on the toys that they use. A...
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