The Importance of Play

The Convention on the Rights of the Child enshrines in its article 31 the right to rest and leisure, to play and to engage in age-appropriate recreational activities. 

In the assumption of this right and of the vast scientific evidence on the importance of playing from birth, the Aga Khan Foundation listened to several professionals from different areas who give us their view and knowledge to better understand how playing is fundamental for development and learning. It emphasises the role of the relationship with the body as the first object of play and interaction with oneself, others and the world, but also the centrality of objects, spaces, materials and nature.

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“Co-constructing educational practices in family crèche

 The digital publication “Co-constructing educational practices in family crèche” of the Aga Khan Foundation brings a compilation of articles authored by various partner institutions of the Training and Capacity Building Programme for Nannies and other Caregivers of Young Children. 

The content of the ebook focuses on the report of practices experienced in family nurseries, articulated with the training experience promoted by the AKF Course “Building Educational Practices 0-3”.  It also has the special participation of Professor Carlos Neto (FMH, UL) through the article “The importance of play in human development“, as its undeniable role in the spontaneous and organised behaviour of the child.

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“Freely playing, following the leadership of the child”

The Projeto Tartaruga (Turtle Project) promoted by ISPA publishes an infographic ”Freely playing, following the leadership of the child” available here.

Studies show us that devoting a daily period to free play, led by the child, has benefits at various levels:

  • Strengthening the child’s autonomy and self-confidence in a supportive and safe family context
  • Promoting important socio-emotional skills for establishing positive interactions with children of the same age, such as showing interest, listening and being kind to others, co-operating and sharing, waiting for one’s turn, negotiating, seeing the other’s perspective, expressing and dealing with positive and negative emotions.
  • Establishing closer and more positive parent-child interactions.

More information at Programa da Tartaruga Online em Portugal | Facebook

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