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play@home and parenting - 0-3 communication

play@home provides ideas around physical activities including imaginative and creative activities involving movement.  Each activity identifies the key benefits and learning new words is a key benefit of many of the activities in the play@home programme.

Talking to children, and listening to them, helps them to develop their language skills.As a book-based resource play@home also promotes the importance of reading to and with children from birth.

Listening to stories develops communication skills and clearly links the play@home programme with Bookbug, the Scottish National Literacy programme. The government’s Play Talk Read website also has loads of ideas to encourage playing, talking and reading with

There is clear guidance on baby massage in the play@home baby book and the promotion of loving touch throughout the programme. Positive handling of babies and children help support the development of attachment and baby massage has been shown to benefit both babies and parents.

Key messages

  • play@home provides parents with free information and guidance to help them in the early days of parenting, promoting physical activity and building positive emotional bonds through play.
  • play@home Baby Book is now available to every new baby in Scotland, given by a health visitor
  • those Babies will then receive a play@home Toddler Book at one year from their health visitor and a play@home Pre-school Book at three years from their school nursery or partner provider of nursery education,
  • local play@home trainers are able to support practitioners across Scotland in promoting the aims of play@home
  • play@home is a simple to follow guide to a beneficial, suitable and safe activity programme for children from birth to five