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What is Play?

The Welsh Government defines play as:

“A behaviour which is freely chosen, personally directed and intrinsically motivated. It is performed for no external goal or reward and is a fundamental and integral part of healthy development – not only for individual children, but also for the society in which they live.”

The Committee on the Rights of the Child, have identified several key characteristics of play: fun, uncertainty, challenge, flexibility and non-productivity.

Benefits of Play

Playing not only makes a crucial contribution to a child’s physical, mental, emotional and social development but it is also fun!

Cognitive benefits
Play is important in the healthy development of a child’s brain. It allows them to use their senses to explore the world and figure out their role within it. By being curious children learn to understand cause and effect, conceptualize, exercise critical thinking skills, problem solve and learn how things fit together. Play also inspires children to pretend, create, and imagine.

Physical benefits
Being active is critical for children’s physical development. It helps children improve their co-ordination, balance, gross-motor and fine-motor skills. It allows child to stay fit and healthy and helps them to understand what their bodies are capable of.

Social benefits
Play is also vital for social development because it helps children learn how to interact with others. By playing co-operatively children hone their social skills as they develop an understanding of social expectations and rules. It provides them with opportunities to learn how to share their thoughts and ideas, to listen, collaborate, compromise with others, recognise and respond to others’ feelings.

Emotional benefits
Additionally, play helps children understand and process their emotions and new concepts. They learn how to cope with their emotions and practice empathy and understanding. Playing helps children build confidence and sense of accomplishment, it can encourage the development of their identity and self-esteem.

play-based learning

Play Carmarthenshire

The Carmarthenshire Play Team can support you in a variety of ways. We offer

  • Play Training each term to all registered and non registered settings; school staff; parents and community groups. For play training opportunities please contact the Family Information Service on 01267 246555
  • Playful ideas and signposting to playful activities and events.
  • Advice on how to create a rich play environment for all ages, whether it’s at home or in school.
  • Information on Play Policy and The Play Sufficiency Assessment.
  • Advice and guidance and letters of support for funding applications.

 

To find help, services and information within Carmarthenshire:
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Summer of Fun, Haf o hwyl

QR code Carmarthen Parc Caerfyrddin / Carmarthen Park
Bob Dydd Llun / every Monday 10-12pm
Cofrestrwch Yma / Register here:
www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/haf-o-hwyl-summer-of-fun-carmarthen-park-parc-caerfyrddin
QR code TumbleCae Pêl droed Tymbl / Tumble FC football pitch
Bob Dydd Llun / every Monday 2-4pm
Cofrestrwch Yma / Register here:
www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/haf-o-hwyl-summer-of-fun-clwb-pel-droed-tymbl-tumble
QR code BryngwynYsgol Bryngwyn School
Bob Dydd Mawrth / every Tuesday 10-12pm
Cofrestrwch Yma / Register here:
www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/haf-o-hwyl-summer-of-fun-ysgol-bryngwyn-school
QR code TrimsaranClwb Rygbi Trimsaran Rugby Club
Bob Dydd Gwener / every Friday 2-4pm
Cofrestrwch Yma / Register here:
www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/haf-o-hwyl-summer-of-fun-clwb-rugby-trimsaran
QR code BwlchMChA Parc Glanmorfa, Glanmorfa Park MUGA
Bob Dydd Mercher / every Wednesday 10-12pm
Cofrestrwch Yma / Register here:
www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/haf-o-hwyl-summer-of-fun-maes-chwarae-amlddefnydd-bwlch
QR code Burry PortMChA Parc Coffa, Porth Tywyn / Memorial Park MUGA, Burry Port
Bob Dydd Mercher / every Wednesday 2-4pm
Cofrestrwch Yma / Register here:
www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/haf-o-hwyl-summer-of-fun-mcha-porth-tywynburry-port-muga
QR code y BedolYsgol Y Bedol School
Bob Dydd Iau / every Thursday 10-12pm
Cofrestrwch Yma / Register here:
www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/haf-o-hwyl-summer-of-fun-ysgol-y-bedol
QR code BetwsClwb Rygbi Betws Rugby Club
Bob Dydd Iau / every Thursday 2-4pm
Cofrestrwch Yma / Register here:
www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/haf-o-hwyl-summer-of-fun-clwb-rygbi-betws-rfc
QR code LlanybydderParc Llanybydder / Llanybydder Park
Bob Dydd Gwener / every Friday 10-12pm
Cofrestrwch Yma / Register here:
www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/haf-o-hwyl-summer-of-fun-llanbydder-park
QR code PencaderY Pafiliwn, Pencader / The Pavilion, Pencader
Bob Dydd Gwener / every Friday 2-4pm
Cofrestrwch Yma / Register here:
www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/haf-o-hwyl-summer-of-fun-pencader
The whole Carmarthenshire team are an asset to us childminders and I know from speaking to other childminders in the UK that they do not have such a fantastic team behind them. I could not recommend this enough for anyone who would like to become a childminder in Carmarthenshire.
Posted by Parent, from Carmarthenshire
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