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Play is a definitive part of early learning. Children become fully involved in play, using their bodies, minds and emotions. Your school or nursery needs to ensure teaching strategies are supporting learning through play by:

  • Encouraging role play to develop communication skills.
  • Taking play outside, linking to understanding the world.
  • Enabling expressive arts and design through messy play.



Play corresponds to and supports each areas of the EYFS. Discover how to promote development and achievement through play activities in your school or nursery.