Play & Learning at Home

Play & Learning at Home

Building and valuing our parental partnerships is extremely important to us here at Smart Teenies Nursery. Our partnerships do not just stop at the doors, we offer parents lots of exciting ideas, advice and suggestions on ways to help their child reach their true potential

Why is play important 


  1. Play lays the foundation for literacy. Through play children learn to make and practise new sounds. They try out new vocabulary, on their own or with friends, and exercise their imagination through storytelling. Within Smart Teenies we use ‘Letters and Sounds’ phase one phonics to support our children. 
  2. Play is learning. Play nurtures development and fulfils a baby’s inborn need to learn. Play takes many forms, from shaking a rattle to peek-a-boo to hide-and-seek. Play can be done by a child alone, with another child, in a group or with an adult.
  3. Play encourages adults to communicate with the children in their lives. Adults support play by giving children the opportunity to engage in play, by knowing when not to intervene, and by knowing when to intervene.
  4. Play gives children the chance to be spontaneous. You may think your child should be rolling the truck on the ground but that doesn’t mean that truck is not equally useful as a stacking toy. This helps to develop a child’s imagination. 
  5. Play gives children choice. Having enough toys or activities to choose from will allow children to express themselves. 
  6. Play gives children space. To practise physical movement, balance and to test their own limits.
  7. Play gives adults the chance to learn how to play again. One of the most challenging parts of play is incorporating yourself in it.
  8. Play allows adults to learn their child’s body language. Knowing when you should incorporate yourself in your child’s play is key.
  9. Play teaches adults patience and understanding.  If you do choose to join in your child’s play make sure that you do not try to take it over and force incorporation of your ultimate learning objectives into their play. Structured adult-led activities have their time and place but remember to allow for time for children to control and decide their own play.
  10. Play is fun. Learning to play well, both by themselves and with others, sets children up to be contented and sociable

At Smart Teenies Nursery we welcome and encourage all parents and carers to participate within our stay and play sessions. This is where parents and carers get the chance to play with their children within their environment and gain tips and ideas on what activities they can easily do at home. We send out fun activities for parents to carry out with their child to help further their development

Nursery Rhymes

Play Dough Cakes for Counting Fun

Pour and Fill

Writing in the Sand

Writing Shopping Lists Together