Child development can be defined as the process by which a child changes over time. Child development, as a whole, is defined by a child’s physical, social, and emotional development. This contributes to the child’s overall well-being. In the early years, children develop physically, cognitively and emotionally at a much faster rate than at any other time in their lives. The importance of supporting children as they learn must not be overlooked. Learning to walk and run, speak and communicate, relate to others, play, and explore their world creates building blocks for later on in life.
How can a climbing frame assist child development?
Play improves the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and young people. Through play, children learn about the world and themselves. They also learn skills they need for later life such as: confidence, turn taking and working with others. A climbing frame can support children as they learn through play. Children also learn to share, take turns and encourage and support one another as they climb, swing and slide.
Fundamental movement skills such as strength and flexibility can be perfected when playing on a climbing frame. Gross motor skills, balance, agility and coordination are all honed. Confidence building when using the rockwall or slide. Core strength working on the monkey bars, combined also with hand – eye coordination. Social skills, such as conversation, understanding and sharing of experiences will all take place between users. Role play, imagination and creativity can flourish as the children use the kitchenette, the play fort and upper deck. Fine motor skills – where children use their hands and fingers – can be stimulated using the play kitchen, clock or even accessories such as the binoculars.
Play – choices and development
Within play itself, the aspect of freely chosen play is vital for development. This is when a child decides and controls their play following their own instincts, imagination and interests. They play without being led by adults. The use of a climbing frame can enoucourage children to play freely within a safe space, such as the garden at home. Physical play outside will greatly aid fitness, agility, stamina, balance and coordination. Exploring feelings, self discipline and expression can be encouraged with play using a climbing frame. How do they feel when they swing? Can they challenge themselves to climb the rockwall?
A parent or carer can support and take part in their child’s play activities. Through play, parents can connect fully with their children and have fun, whilst supporting their development and skill sets. A climbing frame is a great addition to your garden, where your child can engage in safe play as they grow and develop.