The Role of Play

Quite often, the purpose of the Early Childhood setting is questioned. Mostly as some people from the outside see it as ‘just playing’.

However, we know that ‘play’ shapes the architecture of the brain in unique ways; it links social, creative and cognitive skills (Bartlett, 2010) and The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child affirms ‘play as a fundamental right of all children’ (Article 31). So it is up to us, as the Educators to challenge and confirm the role that play has in our program.

‘Through the simple concept of sharing, your child learns self-importance’. Play is an essential and critical part of all children’s development. Play is how children learn to socialise, to think, to solve problems, to mature and most importantly, to have fun. Play connects children with their imagination, their environment, their parents and family and the world. We cannot achieve the outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework without the fundamental concept and inclusion of play.