PD14 The importance of play

3.5 hours

During play, kids stretch their imaginations. They create make-believe games or get lost in pretend worlds. Children act out different solutions while boosting their confidence. They make their own rules and learn how to follow or adapt those rules as needed. These are helpful skills for navigating life and developing relationships with others.

This course discusses how to support tamariki and rangatahi to reduce a more general difficulty such as anxiety or aggression, or to work through something specific such as changed behaviour due to a bereavement or traumatic experience.

Learning aims:
  • Understand how play fosters cognitive growth.
  • How play delivers emotional and behavioural benefits.
  • How play improves literacy.
  • Understand how play encourages independence and helps social skills.