Assignment 5
Q1. An explanation of the importance of play to children’s learning and development and the need for an inclusive approach.
What is play?   What children and young people do when they follow their own ideas and interests in their own way and for their own reasons.
Children do not play naturally, they learn to play.   From babies they learn to play by others engaging with them like parents, older siblings, and family members and also from doing the same things over and over again.   Then as children grow they can choose and create their own play.   Play is very important part of children’s lives.   When children play they are able to explore and experiment.
Play is central to the physical and social development of all children.   Through play children learn to negotiate, take risks and overcome obstacles.   It is through play children develop friendships.
Play has many benefits for children;
  * Increase their self-awareness, self-esteem and self-respect.
  * Improve and maintain their physical and mental health.
  * Give them the opportunity to mix with other children.
  * Allow them to increase their confidence through developing new skills.
  * Promote their imagination, independent and creativity.
  * Offer opportunities for children of all abilities and backgrounds to play together.
  * Provide opportunities for developing social skills and learning.
  * Build resilience through risk taking and challenge, problem solving and dealing with new situations.
  * Provide opportunities to learn about their environments and the wider community.
Play is also proven to be very good to help children’s language skills.   Babies learn words by copying what they have heard from people around them, but they also learn from basic games played.   Older children can be encouraged into in-depth conversations when play or activities have new objects, materials introduced.   Discussions can be about what they are dealing and are enjoying about the activity.
So play is...