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Play and learning

Parents have a key role

Playing is a natural way for your child to learn about the world around them. Children who are encouraged to express themselves freely through play tend to be more able to adapt, learn skills and perform better at school. Your child will learn through play at home, at nursery, at playgroups, with their friends and at school.

As a parent it’s important to spend time playing with your child, providing stimulation and interaction. Involving children in daily activities such as shopping, laying the table or cooking will provide ‘real life’ opportunities for them to learn. Play is a vital part of your child’s development and you have an important role to play. Learning to play with your child can be great fun and can bring you closer together.

If your child isn’t receiving enough stimulation they may not be getting the opportunity they need to learn. Therefore, you should try to introduce as many different experiences as you can. Try to discover what sort of play interests your child and play along with them.

Early Years

Foundation Phase (FP)

The Foundation Phase is a new approach to learning in all Welsh Government funded settings for children from 3 to 7 years.

School Years

Primary schools recognise the value of play and employ it as a crucial learning tool throughout the school day. At home children will begin to play more on their own or with their friends, but it is still vital to be involved in your child’s play activities.


Avoid letting your child get bored. Spend time with young children and keep them stimulated.


Are they receiving enough stimulation from you or from other carers?


Make time to have fun playing with your child.