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Play and learning in Hillingdon

Play is an essential part of every child's life and is vital for the enjoyment of childhood as well as social, emotional, intellectual and physical development.

Child with painted hands

When children are asked about what they think is important in their lives, playing and friends is usually at the top of the list!

When playing your child will:

  • Develop imagination
  • Extend their language and understanding
  • Increase their self-awareness, self-esteem, and self-respect
  • Improve and maintain their physical and mental health
  • Give them the opportunity to mix with other children
  • Allow them to increase their confidence through developing new skills
  • Promote their imagination, independence and creativity
  • Offer opportunities for children of all abilities and backgrounds to play together
  • Provide opportunities for developing social skills and learning
  • Build resilience through risk taking and challenge, problem solving, and dealing with new and novel situations
  • Provide opportunities to learn about their environment and the wider community
Play is the universal language of children. Play enables me to work, live and be with others.
Rich play can be had with items that cost no money.
Just Play - Spring into action! I learn with my whole body.
Play = imagination, creating, problem-solving


Get messy - Touch, feel, see, smell and learn.
Play is fun; but its hard work too!
'l get more from play when you play with me.
When I play I learn about what makes me happy.
Learning: it's not just about table work.
Play - Not a luxury, a necessity! 'Don't rush me, I need time to play and learn'
Get active - Choose, try, persist, create and learn.
Play = Thinking, ideas and language.
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