Importance of Pre-School Play

Importanceof Pre-School Play

Importanceof Pre-School Play

Bothformal and informal education moulds the child in a number of waysthat helps them find the means and tools to cope with life. As notedby Whitebread and Pino (2010), informal education is as equallyimportant as formal education to the child in shaping the young mindon a mental capacity, physical and social aspects. Studies haverevealed that there is development of the brain due to playfulpreschool activity as well as elaborate language and speech patternand development of social skills during the age of four to six yearshence, the need for children below six years to participate in thepre-school activities. Moreover there is extended ability in physicalactivity (Whitebread and Jameson, 2010).

I conquer with research findings from the work of Dr. DavidWhitebread, quite agreeable with supporting evidence from differentstudy field of early child development and psychology (University ofCambridge, 2013). It is important that a child learns to developmentally psychologically and socially before they can be introducedto other avenues of life which has been proven to be best during theyears of four and six years. This helps them have a much clearerbasis of understanding books, literature and gaining knowledge.

Takingthis experience from them by introducing them early to school doesnot only interfere with their development but also their will toexpress themselves at that young age. An account of the findings ofthe various research suffice to say that early childhood educationimpacts on the development of the child and thus I agree with Dr.David Whitebread that the policy on early childhood should bereviewed and children below six years shouldn’t be allowed topursue formal education.


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Whitebread,D., and Jameson, H. (2010). Play beyond the Foundation Stage:story-telling, creative writing and self-regulation in able 6-7 yearolds. In J. Moyles (Ed.), TheExcellence of Play, 3rd Ed.(pp. 95-107). Maidenhead: Open University Press.