Tag Archives: play and learning

5 a day for play

 Play has a Purpose Play is important and has a pivotal role in a child’s learning and development. Children want to play because it is fun and fascinating and their motivation to play is similar to hunger, thirst or tiredness … Continue reading

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How to support your child’s learning, no the answer isn’t supervising homework.

Do you want to spend your time standing over your child to check homework or would you rather help your child develop the values, skills and knowledge to be independent and self reliant. Some children are born with powerful drive … Continue reading

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The Power of Play: 10 reasons why children play to learn

Children at play are not playing about. Their games should be seen as their most serious minded activity” Michel de Montaigne 16th century writer Children learn through play, but equally importantly, play teaches children how to learn. Psychologists from the early … Continue reading

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Building Better Behaviour Through Positive Play

A child’s play can be something of a mystery to parents. What helps? Should I get involved or keep out of the way? What role does play have in my child’s progress and how can I help not hinder? If … Continue reading

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7 myths about the advantages of starting school at 4 years old

Children in the UK start school in the September of the year in which they turn 5. Most children, except those with a very early September birthdate, will be just 4 years old. The legal requirement is actually to begin … Continue reading

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Let Child Development and Not Child Care Guide What We Offer Young Children

Childhood is amazing, so much miraculous growth and development over the first few years of a child’s life. It’s so important that we give children what they need for a happy, healthy childhood. Children enter the world as helpless babies … Continue reading

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Happy holiday checklist

Let’s be positive, although it hasn’t been the greatest start to the Easter break weather-wise there is still something special about having a 2 week break. This is a time away from formal learning to let children relax and try … Continue reading

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Why I don’t believe that motivation is irrelevant to success

Research has been published recently which claims that motivation is irrelevant to results in schools. They even suggest that as motivation goes down in high performing countries like Korea then results go up. The danger here is the failure to … Continue reading

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Play has a purpose: why the focus on early academics is not what our children need.

A new baseline assessment is being introduced into schools to assess children’s early literacy and numeracy skills objectively. Teachers will also be asked to assess personal and social development from their initial observations. The broader and more detailed assessments which … Continue reading

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School holidays: how children learn even when they appear to be playing.

Will your children have a happy Easter break doing things they love and avoiding boredom?  Are you confident that things will go well or do you wonder what to do for the best? Is this a time for rest and … Continue reading

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