The Importance of Play
When asked what they have done at Nursery, children will probably answer with ‘just played.’ We want to assure you that this is just not the case! Children learn best through repeating activities and exploring things that they like doing. In his way they can make sense of the world around them, therefore the nursery environment is set out in such a way that children can revisit time and time again play that they enjoy and practice skills that they have learned. Emphasis is placed heavily on first-hand experiences in all areas of the curriculum. The process of children’s learning is observed, not just the end product and all children’s efforts are valued and praised.
Play helps children to develop intellectually. Play that is well planned and enjoyable gives children the opportunity to be creative, to explore and investigate materials, to experiment and reason out problems. Play is fun, having fun is a great motivation to learn.
We believe that both indoor and outdoor areas of our provision have equal importance with children being able to access both for most of the nursery sessions. The various activities which the nursery provides and which are explored through the medium of play include:-
Our nature school is located in the nursery garden, each week groups of children visit the nature garden to take part in activities that are a mixture of adult directed and child initiated play in a woodland environment. For more details on the nature garden please click HERE to view our Nature-School-Booklet.
This will help your child to develop control and co-ordination over their body skills. In this way, they will build up confidence and hopefully a spirit of adventure by manipulating large toys, boxes, planks etc. Activities based on play with sand, water, clay, dough, woodwork, bricks and construction toys help to develop hand/eye co-ordination and manual dexterity. These skills will be needed when your child starts to learn to write.
Scientific skills are fostered by encouraging the children to explore and experiment. By looking, listening, smelling, tasting and touching objects from their own environment, they will begin to acquire some knowledge of how things work. The provision of structured materials and interaction with a sympathetic adult who offers guidance and poses questions will help the child to question ‘HOW? ‘‘WHY?’ ‘IF?’ and WHEN?
Creative and Imaginative Play
We use art, craft, music and role play to help develop the children’s imagination. We invite the children to join in rhymes and songs and also to experiment with different materials, textures and colours to communicate ideas, feelings and emotions. As well as having a home corner, we set up from time to time, a structured play area, which mirrors a real life situation, for example, a Cafe, an Opticians or a Hospital. Play in areas such as these helps children to communicate with others, to negotiate, take turns and express themselves imaginatively.