Skills & Competencies

Role play
Children love to have the chance to make up their own stories. We have a wide range of items to aid their imaginations. For example, they could set up a mini-kitchen area, with some pots, pans, plastic cups and plates. This offers children the chance to:

  • Develop mathematical ideas of one-to-one correspondence, as they offer imaginary treats to imaginary guests “one for you and one for you”
  • Explore the idea of symbolic representation; the idea that one thing can stand for another
  • Stretch the imagination

Energetic play
The children will have access to a garden, which is set up with an obstacle course, sand pit and numerous tricycles, amongst other toys. Outdoor activities help children to develop physical skills such as:

  • Better sense of overall control and balance
  • Judgement of direction, speed and distance
  • Strength and stamina
  • Understanding of spatial relationships as they move around, through and beside things
  • Hand-eye co-ordination as they throw and catch

Building blocks
Children gain powerful emotional satisfaction from knocking down a tower and then building it up again. This game also develops their mathematical skills – they learn how many blocks they need and how tall their tower is.

Making estimations in this way strengthens their understanding of numbers. While building with toy bricks, children also learn about measuring and balancing, about making a plan, deciding what materials are needed for it and then carrying it out. Building activities develop hand-eye co-ordination and manual skills as children select and manipulate objects.

Messy Play

Messy Play is designed with children’s natural curiosity in mind. It encourages a positive approach to new experiences. This builds self-confidence and self-esteem. Through messy play, children can develop concentration, problem-solving and planning skills. Working with others fosters self-respect and respect for others. It offers an outlet for feelings, experiences and thoughts. Sensory play with soapy slime is a great opportunity for children to explore and use descriptive words. Words to describe what they are experiencing, their senses and what they were feeling; slippery, slimy, soft, squishy and heavy and what it smells like, all help develop a rich vocabulary.