Learning and play

Living, playing and learning is a natural need for babies and young children. Through play, children learn and develop language, emotions, creativity, social and intellectual skills. This section has advice on play ideas, reading with your child and preparing them ready for school.  

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As well as helping with words and numbers, there's a lot you can do to get your child ready for school. Play offers children a range of skills they wi...
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There are lots of games you can play with your baby or toddler to help them learn and develop, and keep them entertained. 
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Picking up a book and reading with your young child can be a very warm and loving experience. While you have their undying attention as they anticipat...
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Learning through play Play is one of the main ways in which children learn and develop. It helps to build self worth by giving a child a sense of his...

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