Playdays for Under 4s In 2019, MLC School invited families with children aged four and under to a weekly playday. When COVID restrictions allow this type of event to occur again, we will certain look at running then again. Why did we do this? Play is an essential part of a young child’s development. It helps young children’s brains to develop and their language and communication skills to expand. MLC School’s early childhood teachers understand how young children learn and know that play-based programs are vital to laying the foundations for formal education. Simple childhood activities increase every child’s development. These activities encourage communication, problem-solving and motor skills development. Children’s interactions in play enable them to develop social skills such as cooperation, sharing, responding to ideas, negotiating and resolving conflicts. During these playdays, the children in attendance learnt through play. Our specialist teachers guided activities such as story time, Art, Music and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics), with a mix of fun and enthusiasm that supported a positive attitude to learning in each child. Girls and boys also had time to explore the fabulous playground with its bike track and timber climbing gym. Here's what a few parents had to say: ‘Very engaging. The children couldn’t get enough. My daughter didn’t want to leave!’ ‘All the teachers have gone to great lengths to make the activities very engaging for the children.’ ‘The activities were all very educational and fun, so the children didn’t know they were learning, they were just having a great time.’ ‘Excellent idea of introducing themes that flow throughout the day, revolving around a book that is being read.’ At MLC School we know and value the importance of a quality early years education. We hope to share this knowledge with you in the future with playdays when we can next do so.