EYFS guidance: Good Practice in the EYFS - factsheet
EYFS guidance: Good Practice in the EYFS - factsheet
Learning, Playing and Interacting - Good Practice in the EYFS.

Babies and young children are powerful learners, reaching out into the world and making sense of their
experiences with other people, objects and events. As they explore and learn, children are naturally
drawn to play. Play is recognised as so important to their well-being and development that the right
to play is set down in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989), and play is a
fundamental commitment within the Early Years Foundation Stage.

This factsheet looks at how play and learning are related but it is not as straightforward as it may seem at first glance. There is a significant body of knowledge showing that many forms of play help children to learn and to become confident learners for the future. Research also shows that a skilled adult who interacts with children in particular ways to enhance their learning is a crucial ingredient in children making good progress.