Play, playfulness and activities with friends are a big part of a child’s life. A child may be excluded from shared activities and play for many reasons.

At the day-care centre, play and friendship skills are analysed systematically. Supporting these skills is one of the most important tasks of early education. If you are concerned about your child, do not hesitate to mention it to the staff. The importance of play and friendship activities in a child’s development and learning cannot be overemphasised.

Children’s participation in activities is a precondition for learning skills

It is important for children to participate in the activities and play of their peers in order to learn new skills. In shared activities, children learn many facts and skills that they need later in life. Gradually, each child learns to independently direct and adapt their own actions. They learn to be flexible and creative as they constantly encounter new things to explore in new environments. Through play and friendship activities, children can express their interests and learn important social skills.

Everyday challenges need assessment

If a child has difficulties in everyday life, a closer assessment of the child’s activity skills, especially the skills in participating in play and group activities, should be conducted at home or at the day-care centre. The RALLA service offers a reliable and researched method for the use of education and rehabilitation professionals. Hopefully, it is a part of the toolkit used by your child’s day-care centre.

As a parent, you must want to know if your child is experiencing difficulties with participating in play and friendship activities and how you can support your child’s growth and development in cooperation with early education and other professionals.

Do not hesitate to say it when you want support with your child’s growth and development

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