When your children are young, it can be tempting to be present for each and every moment of their lives. However, as they grow and become more independent, it’s important to let them have unstructured free time to develop their sense of self.
Independent play is important to your child’s cognitive development. It gives them the freedom to be more creative and to let their imagination take hold. Free play also helps children disconnect from the constant screens, giving them a chance to unwind and free their minds from distraction.
There are also several benefits for parents. As children become more comfortable playing on their own, they won’t be at your side 24/7 seeking help or attention. Parents are people too and they need quiet time and alone time free from parenting duties.
It can be hard, but don’t feel guilty for taking a moment for yourself while your child plays independently. Not only is free-play helping you, but it’s helping them learn and grow.
How to Encourage Free Play
Just because free-play is less structured, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t any rules or expectations. Independent playtime still needs to have boundaries to keep everyone safe and happy.
Wimbledon Day Nursery
At Wimbledon Day Nursery, we recognize the importance of independent play. In addition to caring for your children and teaching them valuable developmental and life skills, we also provide an environment that promotes free thought and independence.
When looking for nursery schools in Wimbledon, look no further than Wimbledon Day Nursery. We are an award winning facility known in the local area as one of the most dynamic Wimbledon nurseries.