The Importance of Play

  • Duration: 2 hours

The importance of play and the impact that it has on a child’s development can never be underestimated. Play has an impact on the cognitive, physical, social and emotional development of children and young people and should be an integral part of every child’s life.

Although play is vital, sadly, there are many children who fail to get adequate opportunities to play, or who have limitations placed upon them. There are a multitude of complex reasons for this.

This course looks at the subject of play, the positive impact that it has on children, the areas of development that it supports, the problems that can arise when children are not enabled to play and the reasons why play opportunities may be limited or non-existent.

The course also looks at the therapeutic benefits of play. It has been recognised that play can have a vital role in supporting children who might have an array of emotional or developmental needs.

This course is aimed at any front-line professionals who work in child related roles or who may benefit from an understanding of the role that play has in a child’s development. It is also suitable for parents who might wish to have a deeper knowledge or understanding of the subject and how best to support their child.


Course Contents

Module 1 – What is Play?

  • Definition of Play
  • The Six Stages of Play
  • Module Assessment

Module 2 – Historical Changes in the Way Children Play

  • The Changing World
  • Academic Success and Achievement
  • Pushy Parent Syndrome
  • Technology and Screen Time
  • The Negative Effects of Too Much Screen Time
  • Factors that have Changed the Routine of Childhood
  • The Long-Term Effects of Limited Free Time and Free Play Opportunities
  • Module Assessment

Module 3 – How Play supports a Child’s Development

  • The Benefits of Play
  • The Importance of Play Within School
  • The Adult’s Role in Successful Play
  • Key Elements for Learning through Play
  • Strategies for Promoting Play
  • Module Assessment

Module 4 – Types of Play

  • Types of Play
  • Types of Play Definitions
  • Types of Play Case Study
  • Types of Play Case Study Observations
  • Module Assessment

 


References

www.gov.uk/early-years-foundation-stage

www.playengland.org

www.gosh.nhs.uk

www.nahps.org.uk

Hughes, B. (2002) A Playworker’s Taxonomy of Play Types, 2nd edition, London: Playlink, November 2018


 

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