Learning through Play
Young children learn best through play and, as they get older, play supports and enriches their learning.
Charter for Children’s Play, Play England
Through play children learn about the world around them at their own initiative and at their own pace.
Children mention many elements of ‘learning’ as a natural aspect of the play experience, and how this is about ‘learning to play’ and to be inventive, confident and social, which they hold as equally important to learning practical things in school…
There is a huge range of life skills and attitudes that children say they obtain as part of this process: from caring, sharing and being kind, to standing up for oneself or asking for help.
People make Play, Play England/Demos, 2010