Qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit: Unit 3.1: Understand the value of play in Early Years
Learning outcome: Understand the role of play
Assessment criteria: Analyse how play is necessary for the development of children
Studies have shown that play helps to foster cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development. Through play, children learn about their environment, explore relationships between objects, practice problem-solving skills, negotiate with others, develop communication skills and learn more about their emotions.
In addition, play helps children to develop the skills they need to adjust and adapt to the world around them. Research has also shown that play contributes to a child’s self-esteem and can even reduce stress levels in young children. Taken together, these benefits suggest that play is an essential part of a child’s development
Play also encourages children to be creative and imaginative, providing opportunities to express themselves in ways that are not possible through other activities. It is a way for them to explore their world and express themselves without judgment or criticism. It also supports the development of language skills.