East Lothian Council

Play and Early Learning

Why play is important

Children playing in a nursery

Play is how children develop, and sometimes it has been called the true work of a child.

Children are busy when they are playing, and they are learning when they play. For example, when children are lifting, dropping, looking, pouring, bouncing, hiding, building, knocking down, climbing, running, and play acting they are learning.

Play is fun for children – but it is also how they get ready for school. As parents we can help by providing opportunities to help develop the full range of skills and attributes needed at school

Provide opportunities for your child to use all his / her developing skills:

  • large muscle skills – running, climbing, pulling, pushing
  • small muscle skills – drawing, painting, catching
  • social skills – turn taking, sharing, cooperating, initiating
  • emotional skills – showing feelings, caring
  • language skills – listening, rhyming, singing, telling stories
  • thinking skills – exploring, planning, matching, problem-solving.

For more hints and tips about how to play with your child go to:

East Lothian Council, Support from the Start, Room 2.17 John Muir House, Haddington EH41 3HA

Telephone: 01620 827481

East Lothian Council, John Muir House Brewery Park Haddington East Lothian EH41 3HA.