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Help your child to play

Help your child to play

Jan 21, 2022 • 7 min read

Lev Vygotsky, child psychologist 

When you watch your child attempting a task that is beyond their current capabilities (the nail biting moment your baby decides to cross the concrete patio for the first time or your toddler scales the kitchen cupboard) you will notice how focused they are. How they suddenly seem so grown up and yet still so vulnerable all at once. During play, children take those risks and push boundaries in order to progress.

So, where do we come in? Is it simply our duty to stand by, hyperventilating every time they take a risk or do something new? Do we hold their hands and hover over them to assist in every new step? Name the animals for them when they’re on the tip of their tongue? Adults are actually providing much more than we give ourselves credit for and it goes much further than protecting them from falls and naming colours.

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Amy Fitzgerald

I am Amy, I have one daughter and live and work in the Essex/Herts border. I taught in Early Education for 8 years and then moved on to become a lecturer, teaching Education studies alongside Early Years practice to students in college and university.

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