Play together

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Learning to share, take turns, communicate, be comfortable and become friends with others are life-long skills. These take some time to learn! You can help your child practise learning these important skills by playing together, or setting up play dates with friends or family members, either in person or via FaceTime or WhatsApp.

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Top tips

  • All children are different! Some are livelier and more confident than others – don’t compare and don’t worry – you know your child best so give them the support and encouragement they need.
  • Encourage and reassure your child to build their confidence as they start to make their own friends.

Children play in lots of different ways:

  • Playing on their own
  • Watching other children play
  • Playing alongside others; doing the same activity but not joining in together
  • Becoming more interested in what others are playing and starting to chat together
  • Playing together, usually in a small group

Learning to play with others is important for children’s personal, social and emotional development. You can be a great playmate for your child. Just follow their interests!

More ways to support your child

These simple activities really make a difference to how your child learns and develops their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. You can have fun together and get ready for school at the same time!

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    Sharing stories together

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    Getting ready to start school

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    Singing songs and rhymes

    Help your child develop their language, vocabulary, movement and counting skills.
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    Have fun drawing and painting

    Help your child develop their concentration, creativity, and the skills they will need for writing.
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    Get out and about with your child

    Encourage your child to explore the world around them with these tips.
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    Play with letters and numbers

    Play these games to help your child with their early reading and counting skills.
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