At St. Aidan's, we understand the value of children playing. Play is crucial for a child's growth, giving them the confidence they need to explore, solve issues, and interact with others. Children gain knowledge by organising their own play and participating in play that is supervised by adults.
What is play?
Play is the universal language of childhood. It brings together children of diverse backgrounds, teaching them how to engage and interact with the world. - Play Scotland
Play is an essential component of a child's life. It is not a want, but a need. The importance of play is so huge, that it has even been declared by the United Nations as a child's right.
“Play is a very misused adult word. To a child it is a way of life. To an adult it often means unimportant recreational things we do when we are not working”
Types of Play
There are 16 types of play that children engage in, as recognised by theorist Bob Hughes in Playtypes: Speculations and Possibilities.