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Randwick City Library runs regular workshops facilitated by Early Childhood Educators giving parents information about play, child development and what toys and activities are suitable for children of different ages.
At each workshop we showcase age appropriate toys available for loan from the Toy & Game Library.
"Play is the highest form of research" - Albert Einstein
"The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things" – Plato
Play allows children to learn about themselves, about their environment and to build relationships with the people around them. Through play children make sense of their world. They develop skills through observation, exploration and discovery.
Play develops language and communication skills, social interaction and life skills, thinking and problem solving skills and new physical skills.
While play should be fun, there are some simple things to keep in mind:
- Play with your child; get involved and have fun together!
- Let your child explore toys in their own way...what will they discover?
- Playing alone can foster your child's independence and self- awareness.
- Playing with toys from your child's earlier years is okay...revisiting these toys can build confidence and self-esteem...not every toy has to be a challenge.
- Earlier toys can offer new experiences as children grow.
- Remember play continues to be important as your child enters school.
- A time should always be made for play.
- Check that toys you offer your child are always safe.