Over the past month we have looked at the various aspects of children’s health and wellbeing in detail. Over this time is has become evident that each and every aspect is linked and intertwined and all contribute to an overall sense of wellbeing and health.
It is important that we do not place the spotlight on one aspect of child health and wellbeing at the detriment to other areas. Being aware and attuned to children’s health, wellbeing and development as a whole will promote learning is a fun and nourishing way.
But how? How do you truly assess your child’s health in all areas?
There is a simple answer. PLAY! Allow them to play. Through being involved in play children will exhibit their abilities and opportunities. By observing your children while they play you will have an opportunity of what resources you can provide to extend and enhance their development.
According to the American Academy of Paediatrics, free play is essential for brain development. While children engage in free play they have the opportunity to develop and enhance their cognitive, spiritual, physical, social, and emotional wellbeing.
We will leave you this month with an important point to ponder.
The Un Convention on the Rights of the Child states that:
“Children have the right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and other recreational activities.”
The message is simple. Play is vital to health and development.