Early Years Settings Level 1 Essay

1.1 State ways play can support young children’s development

Play underpins all development and learning for young children. It is through play that children develop intellectually, creatively, physically, socially and emotionally.
Through play children also learn to explore, develop and represent learning experiences that help them to make sense of the world, practice and build up ideas, concepts and skills, learn how to understand the need for rules, take risks and make mistakes, think creatively and imaginatively and communicate with others as they investigate or solve problems.

Toys and activities that help children with different forms of physical development:

Gross motor skills- lawn mowers, shopping carts, skipping, throwing, dance, bouncy castles, trampolines, bikes, ride ons, climbing frames and musical instruments.

Fine motor skills -drawing, abacus, painting, beads, stacking blocks, lacing cards, shape sorters, cards, musical instruments and fastenings on clothes.

Balance -bikes, go-karts, ride ons, swings, trampolines and slides.

Hand/eye co-ordination- activity mats, stacking beakers, rattles, throwing and catching a ball, large bricks, bean bags and skittles.

Foot/eye co-ordination- baby gym, trolley with bricks, bean bags, slide, prams and ride ons.

Toys and activities that help children with different forms of intellectual development:

Imagination-   home corner, hospitals, farms, garages, dressing up, play mobil, cuddly toys, puppets, masks, face painting, making music and moving to music.

Concentration & listening skills-   blocks, stories, rhymes and memory games.

Creativity-   blocks, drawing, play-doh, stamps and ink and painting.

Observational skills- visit parks, farms, zoos, theatres, libraries, places of interest, and use mirrors so they can observe themselves.

Language and reasoning skills-   stories, rhymes, interactive toys, flash cards and dolls           (pretend the doll is talking, talk about the...