Welcome To Playtime At Home
Playtime At Home aims to bring education and fun into your home, our wish is to prepare each and every child for a lifelong love of learning. The authors are Early Childhood Educators and want to share their passion and knowledge with parents of children under the age of five. They have used their expertise to show families how they can entertain and simultaneously educate their child at home to develop and further crucial skills and milestones. The books show that with a bit of creativity, parents can save their hard earned money by utilising common household items when providing their children with valuable learning activities.
Recent research confirms that the first five years in a child’s life is crucial for development of the brain and that children learn through play. Play is an essential and critical part of all children’s development, it starts in infancy and ideally continues throughout his or her life. Play is how children learn to socialise, to think, to solve problems, to mature and most importantly to have fun.
Benefits Of Play
Play can be defined as what children do when they follow their own ideas and interests, in their own way, for their own reasons and enjoyment. As a parent or guardian, you are the most significant and influential person in your child’s life. It is important that you provide opportunities for and get involved in their play. As you engage in play, you become a role model to your child, especially on how to positively interact with others. Your actions will speak louder than words, so be aware of your body language and mannerisms.
There are many benefits to play. Children gain knowledge through their play and they learn to think, remember, and solve problems. They can practice decision making skills, move at their own pace and discover their own interests during play. Play is the first opportunity for your child to discover the world in which they live. It gives them the chance to test their beliefs and develop an understanding of their world. It encourages them to express their thoughts, ideas, interests and feelings through a variety of mediums.
Through play your child can be creative and develop their own imagination, which is important for healthy brain development. Imaginative and dramatic play provides your child with the opportunity to take on a variety of characters, which helps them learn about the different roles in their family and community. They can also imitate their own life experiences, this can help them make sense of what has occurred and gives them a chance to reflect.
Play offers your child the ability to master skills that will help develop self confidence and the ability to recover quickly from setbacks. For example, a child may feel pride in stacking blocks and disappointment when the last block makes the stack fall. It allows children to express their views, experiences and at times, frustrations. Play with other children can help your child learn how to be part of a group. It also allows them to learn the skills of negotiation, problem solving, sharing, and working within groups.
Play is an essential and critical part of all children’s development. Play starts in a child’s infancy and ideally, continues throughout his or her life. Play is how children learn to socialise, to think, to solve problems, to mature and most importantly to have fun. Play connects children with their imagination, family, peers, environment and the world.
About The Authors
Samantha Kyretses and Liana Caplan are qualified Early Childhood Teachers, with a combined thirty years of experience in the industry. The duo complements each other as Samantha specialises in educating children birth to three whereas Liana’s expertise is with children aged three to five years. The authors have an existing reputable company in the early childhood sector called Curriculum Kids, which was founded in 2009. At present they have authored ten books and have created seven template products that are based on the National Quality Framework.
Recent research confirms that the first five years in a child’s life is crucial for development of the brain and that children learn through play. Samantha and Liana are firm advocates for this and wanted to share their passion and knowledge with parents of children under the age of five. They have used their expertise to show families how they can entertain and simultaneously educate their child at home to develop and further crucial skills and milestones. The authors also wanted to convey that with a bit of creativity, parents can save their hard earned money by utilising common household items when providing their children with activities.
In 2015, the duo formed their sub business Playtime At Home and designed, photographed and authored their book series. There are three age specified books in the series (0-18 months, 18 months- 3 years and 3- 5 years) and each contains 40 fun and educational activities that have been handpicked and tested by the authors. They have used their knowledge to perfect each activity and adapted them to incorporate common household items. Each book is an easy to read, visually appealing guide to play based learning. You are informed of the possible learning outcomes that your child can gain from each activity and how you can support this. There are modifications given for each activity to suit your child’s likes, dislikes, interests and the resources you have on hand.