Four Stages of Play

Solitary Play – a child at this stage plays alone and does not join the play of other children. They may observe another child’s behaviour.

Parallel Play – more than one child will play alongside one another but not with each other. They play with similar equipment but do not join in each others play at this stage.

Associative Play – more than one child will play with the same type of equipment and communicate during this play, however, they do not play together.

Cooperative Play – more than one child will play together for a common goal or purpose.

Play is the instrument for teaching the early year’s curriculum; it will be both spontaneous and planned to cater for each child’s need and level of learning.

  • Sensory play
  • Construction/deconstruction play
  • Dramatic play
  • Exploratory play
  • Manipulative play
  • Physically active play
  • Creative play