Angela cares for Manshu who is 2 years old and 3 year old Jessica. Manshu has just begun potty training and Jessica has just had a baby sister.
They both arrive at 8am every morning and have breakfast with Angela and her 2 children aged 5 and 7. After breakfast Angela takes her children to school and then returns home to carry out her domestic routine.
At 10.30am they either go along to the weekly childminding group where Angela meets with other home based carers and Manshu and Jessica play or they go to the local park.
Answer the following questions:
Question 1. Why is play important to Manshu and Jessica’s learning and development?
Answer 1. As per EYFS statutory framework 2012, there are three areas of learning and development that are particularly important for igniting children's curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three prime areas are: communication and language; physical development; and personal, social and emotional development
Play is an integral part of every child's life and plays a major role in strengthening these three prime areas of learning and development. Play will help Manshu and Jessica learn, explore, investigate, develop new skills and polish existing skills. Play stimulates them and helps then to learn. It has developmental aspects in developing their gross and fine motor skills, bilateral hand use, hand-eye coordination and balance. It also develops their social interaction skills; helps build positive interactions between the child and their playmates. It also builds on their skill of sharing and taking turns. For Manshu, role play with dolls could help her in her potty training and ease her off during this step in life. Similarly for Jessica, having a newborn sibling at home is a new phase in life and she can learn to share through play, and role play with doll can get her to understand about having a new