TDA2.16Support children and young people’s play and leisure.
1.1 The importance of play and leisure for children and young people.
Children benefit through play and leisure in many ways. They learn how to be confident, develop there self – esteem and reach there potential. Emotionally play helps a child to relax and still continue learning.
Play is essential to the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical well-being of children beginning in early childhood. It is a natural tool for children to develop resiliency as they learn to cooperate, overcome challenges, and negotiate with others. Play also allows children to be creative. pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/129/1/e204.full
Children who are restricted unable to play for reasons such as illness, being a carer, poverty for example can develop conditions such as social anxiety disorders, aggression towards others or isolation.
Although there are many categories of play the main ones outlined in S/NVQ Level 3 Children’s care and learning and development study book are;
• Spontaneous play
• Structured play
Spontaneous play helps a child to be creative and imaginative often acting out real life sonorous or creating group ideas based on characters or events. Children are able to freely express themselves without limits often reliving anxieties.
Structured play helps a child to learn skills through play which can often be adult lead. With the support of an adult or even help from another child a Childs abilities are enhanced such as learning how to build a tower with different materials they can then pass on there knowledge to other children even in the simplest forms learning to socialise.
Play contributes to children’s fine and gross motor development and body awareness as they actively use their bodies. Learning to use a writing tool, such as a pen is an example of fine motor development through play. They progress to using scribbles to form shapes and forms to represent pictures. Playing with...