The Importance Of Play On A Child’s Development

childThe importance of play to a child’s development cannot be underestimated. According to various studies undertaken globally, encouraging your child to play regularly can enhance their social and team skills, encourage them to be creative and strengthen the bond between children and their parents. It is also widely believed that play can greatly enhance a child’s cognitive abilities, and can lead them to being more adept for academic environments. An article from the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics on the importance of play states:

“Play is integral to the academic environment. It ensures that the school setting attends to the social and emotional development of children as well as their cognitive development. It has been shown to help children adjust to the school setting and even to enhance children’s learning readiness, learning behaviours, and problem solving skills”

Similarly, children deprived of play are consistently shown to perform worse at school and throughout their emotional development. Lack of time to play is also shown to be detrimental for a child’s physical health. As parents are putting increased pressure on their children to succeed academically, and placing them in learning environments from an earlier age, time for play has seen a dramatic decrease in the last fifty years or so, leading to problems of anxiety in later years.

child-care1Clearly, free-play time is important to children, yet an increase in perceived threats to a child’s security makes parents feel evermore reluctant to let their child out into the street or to local playgrounds in case something happens to them. Because of this, soft, semi-supervised play areas such as Snakes and Slides in Manchester are becoming more and more popular with parents.

Play areas like this take the stress out of a child’s playtime, allowing the parents to sit back, relax and ensure that the child is getting adequate play time to have positive affects on their mental and physical development, as well as giving them extra respite from what is becoming an increasingly stressful and pressurised few formative years.