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Pinvin Community Preschool

Nurturing hearts and minds on a path of possibilities

The Importance of play

Play in the early years has limitless possibilities as the children explore and make sense of their world. Open ended resources support children’s imaginative play and each day is different as to where these discoveries will take us. 

At Pinvin Community Pre-school we are very passionate about following the child’s interests and allowing them to lead their own learning, by providing resources and activities that ignite curiosity we are able to support them on this journey, whether this is within the setting or using the great outdoors as a backdrop to learning.

Parents guide to the stages of play

How do we support your child?

Sensory and messy play

Messy play has many learning opportunities and is a popular activity for all ages, encouraging children’s fine manipulative skills, building vocabulary, encouraging social interaction and stimulating the child’s senses. We do like hands on experiences at pre-school so please ensure your child is always wearing suitable clothing that is easy to wash.

Creative play

Creative play allows children to explore, set themselves self-chosen challenges and practice and consolidate these skills. We have a wide range of resources which are easily accessible to the children, they are encouraged to explore these and have complete freedom in their creations.

Outdoor play

All children should be able to access outdoors on a daily basis, due to the logistics of our building, free-flow outdoor play is not always possible, and it is for this reason that we get outside, everyday whatever the weather. We are extremely lucky to have access to many different options for outdoor learning. Our premises are adjacent to the village park where there is a range of equipment for the children to challenge and enhance their play experience. It is so important for children to experience their local community throughout the different seasons and we will often be found exploring the local vicinity, looking at nature first hand.

Mindfulness activities

We partake in yoga most days as a transitional activity at the end of our morning. Yoga allows children to be present and truly feel and be aware of themselves in body and mind. We also partake in many mindfulness activities, using the many opportunities nature gives us to learn, such as painting the rain clouds.

Small world play

Children make sense of the world through creating scenes and settings, both real and fantasy. These come alive as children develop and act out storylines with the props and resources availiable. 

Role play

Role play is another opportunity for children to really explore who they are and make sense of their lived experiences thus far. We value real life objects as part of this provision which really helps the children to fully immerse into their play.

Music and movement

Between the ages of 1 and 3, children respond best to music when they actively experience it. We try to provide many opportunities to get the children rocking, marching, rolling, tapping, clapping, and moving to the beat, helping them to co-ordinate their mind and body. Music and movement also has many other benefits from building gross motor skills, developing communication skills and allowing them freedom for self-expression. We will often explore the sounds of pieces of music by providing drawing materials for children to express how the music is making them feel.

Loose part play

With no prescribed method of play, items can be used entirely at the discretion of the child. Children can explore, create and imagine in all the senses of those words and assign their own purpose and meaning to the objects.


Construction play involves manipulating elements of the play environment to construct something new. This may involve all sorts of different construction methods – stacking, assembling, disassembling, sorting or moulding, to name just a few. 

Physical play

Physical play is the type of play that gets your child moving from big movements like running and jumping to small movements like picking up a pencil or managing clothing. We love to get children active and ensure all children physically exert themselves every day.