Why play is important
Playing isn't just fun, it's also the best way for young children to learn.
To promote healthy brain development, children need time and attention from someone who's happy to play with them. These positive, nurturing interactions are known as ‘serve and return’.
In other words, when an infant or young child babbles, gestures, or cries, and an adult responds appropriately with eye contact, words, or a hug, connections are built in a child’s brain that support the development of communication and social skills.
Play and learn sessions
Come along and have some fun at one of our Learn and play sessions at one of our family centres.
Top tips for playing with your child
Simple games of peek-a-boo, shaking a rattle or singing a song are a vital way to interact with children. They teach young children about communication, develop their motor skills and help with problem-solving.
Something as easy as stacking and knocking over blocks allows toddlers to discover maths and science concepts, including shapes, gravity, balance and counting.
Playgrounds and parks
Playgrounds and parks are a perfect place for families to come together outdoors and spend happy times together.
Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, social and cognitive skills and physical health. Play is also important for building up a bank of positive experiences to help healthy brain development.
There are lots of parks in Hammersmith & Fulham that you can explore together.