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The Role of Dramatic Play in Childcare Centres

Whether your child pretends to be a mechanic working on the family car or their favourite TV show character in front of their peers, they are engaging in dramatic play. Pretend play is not just for fun; it has a profound impact on a child’s cognitive, language and social-emotional development.

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Dramatic play can be both structured and unstructured. Structured dramatic play typically involves educators setting up a scenario such as a doctor’s office or restaurant within the classroom with specific props and materials for children to role play. Unstructured dramatic play allows children to freely choose their roles and scenarios. This is when your child may transform the couch into a pirate ship or use their pants as a pair of bunny ears. URL :

When kids engage in dramatic play, they often develop their intellectual skills such as reasoning, negotiating and organizing. They also work on social skills such as sharing, taking turns and coping with disappointment when their play doesn’t go the way they had imagined it would. They can also learn new concepts through their dramatic play such as math when they work together to solve problems that come up while reenacting a scene or scenario.

Observing children while they are engaged in their dramatic play can be a great opportunity for teachers to assess the learning that takes place. The observations can also help them find new ways to enhance the dramatic play area. For example, if you notice that many of the children in your class enjoy cooking during dramatic play, you could bring in cookbooks with pictures and other interesting information to encourage their interest.

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