One of my first posts focused on talking about feelings with young children. All those principles apply here and for children who may be returning to school or early years settings there are likely to be a lot of questions and new feelings. Here are some thoughts on the usual process I would apply to … Continue reading How to: help children to adjust post-lockdown. 3: Talk about worries and health.
When children move from one big chunk of life to another, we call it a transition. Transitions are hard, for children and adults, because things change and some things can be unknown. This transition features new routines and expectations that neither parents nor children are familiar with. I will write more in my next post … Continue reading How to: help children adjust post-lockdown. 2: Practical, playful preparation.
I recently worked with global colleagues on an article advocating for play at the heart of our recovery from the pandemic. Parents have a huge role to play in ensuring schools have the authority to lead with wellbeing and play at the heart as we transition children back into school life. We have some difficult … Continue reading How to: help children adjust post-lockdown. 1: Prioritise play.
Plenty of research shows that pretend play is a great way for children to develop reasoning, social and 'learning to learn' skills. Children get deeply involved in pretend play and it is especially helpful for them in processing and expressing feelings about real situations in a safe, pretend environment. What is pretend play? Simply, it … Continue reading How to: learn with pretend play
Construction is a great place to start to understand how children's brains develop during play, that's why I used it in a detailed example in an earlier post. Here we will explore what construction play is, why it is so beneficial and how to get started. What is construction play? Children love to build. It … Continue reading How to: learn with construction
Rumours fly about when nurseries, childminders and schools will fully open again. The uncertainty is difficult for adults and for children who are aware of it. Some parents cannot wait for a return to normality, others are worried about disruption when they've just settled into the 'new normal'. But change is inevitable and our children … Continue reading How to: prepare children for separation
Children need play and children will play, in all sorts of difficult situations. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child protects play as a right of children in international law. Play is vital for child development and it is a powerful way for children to cope in times of crisis. If there … Continue reading How to: use play to help children in a crisis