Play is often the doorway into a child’s world and is crucial in supporting the development of their attention, cognitive, language and social skills. Encouraging different types of play enables us to support children to extend their thinking and allows us to model new language. By involving peers, we can also encourage and nurture a child’s social skills development.

This training course explains the stages of play, some of which you may observe in the children in your settings, and, encourages you to reflect on ways that you can model and extend language within the different play situations you may encounter.

‘Play is the work of the child’ – Maria Montessori.

This pack has been developed by Speech and Language Therapists Laura, Melissa and Sam.

We hope that you enjoy the training.

The Workbook

Start by downloading the workbook here.

You will need to complete this workbook alongside the training course and submit it to your school’s Speech and Language Therapist.

You will receive an email from your school’s Speech and Language Therapist which will detail the deadline for submitting your completed workbook. Please submit by replying to their email with the completed workbook attached.​

The Training

You can now go through our training pack in the slides below.

We have created demo videos to support key parts of the training. When you see a symbol, click it to watch the video! You can also find them all at the bottom of the page.

The  symbol indicates that there is a workbook activity to complete.

If you need any help, please contact your school’s Speech and Language Therapist via email. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have!

How did you find this training course?

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Check out the demo videos!

If you’re having trouble accessing the demo videos, you can find them all here.