The importance of play in early childhood
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049: The Importance of Play in Early Childhood

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As someone whose background includes many years as a childcare educator, I’ve always been big on the importance of play in early childhood and encouraging children to use their imagination and explore their world through play. Perhaps with our modern tendency towards busyness, I’ve observed a tendency for parents to overcomplicate play.

If you’ve listened to some of my other podcast episodes, you’ll know that I’m a fan of simplicity and being in touch with nature and this is no different when it comes to play.

I’m thrilled in this episode to be talking with Sarah Bolitho, who is a therapeutic play practitioner. Sarah and I have similar attitudes to play for children and you’ll hear some great insights in this episode on areas including pretend play and how to use it to build the parent-child relationship and simplify the idea of what it means to play.

Play is an incredibly important part of your child’s life and you’ll hear why in this episode.

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About Sarah Bolitho

Sarah Bolitho

Sarah Bolitho is the founder of Secure Foundations, a go-to online community for parents and caregivers to receive education, tools, resources and support through parent coaching, workshops and private consults.

 Secure Foundations offers coaching, support and education in relation to challenging behaviours, infant and child sleep struggles, positive behaviour support, child development, childhood trauma and attachment.

Sarah is also a therapeutic play practitioner and a clinical masters student studying play therapy at Deakin University. 

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