Childcare takes many forms in the Perth area and one of the most notable is encouraging healthy play in children. Healthy play can be achieved in various ways but one that is somewhat underestimated these days is outdoor play. Whether at home or at a childcare centre, allowing children to play outside the four walls of their room can strengthen their imagination, exercise their bodies and explore the sunshine and surroundings. The encouragement of this kind of play is vital for ensuring its success.
Location, Location, Location
While most day care centres in the Perth area set aside time for outdoor play in their playgrounds and fields, it is important for children to experience this kind of enjoyment at home as well. If you have a good-sized lawn, then that’s the perfect place for your children to play on and have some outdoor fun.
However, not everyone has a yard, so look for alternative areas. You can allow your children to play in front of your house but be sure to supervise younger them and reiterate street safety. You can also take them to a nearby park or beach and enjoy nature.
Allow your children to go outside and play at least once a day. A lot parents often worry about bad weather but it is essential to let your little one experience the different weather types. However, make sure to provide the right attire. For example, if it’s raining, have your child wear rubber boots; during summer, light clothes are comfortable.
As children get older, allow them to go further off on their own, but teach them about safety and ‘stranger danger.’
As children grow, it is important to encourage healthy recreation and good behaviours that will help them later on. Outdoor play is greatly beneficial to the physical and social development of the child and should be supported by the parents.
To learn more about outdoor play and how we execute it, call the Bertram centre at +61 (08) 9419 1844, the Carlisle centre at +61 (08) 9472 4702 and the St James centre at +61 (08) 9358 4673.