Play in school

From the earliest days of a child’s school life, interaction and stimulus from their environment is crucial to physical, mental and emotional development. Playing and interacting with other children, and ensuring access to spontaneous play for young children, enables them to develop important physical and motor skills and develop an awareness of their own environment. Play with others builds the foundation for teamwork and social skills that are increasingly important in the learning environment. In the early years, learning cannot be separated from physical play and movement – it is critical to how children learn to navigate and interact with the physical world and with other people.

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