Schematic Play

Schematic play is a term used to recognise children’s pattern of play to enable the Early Years Practitioner to be able to support that child’s play. This theory was developed by Piaget through his observations on his own children. Piaget was very interested in children’s cognitive development but recognised that this could be developed further through recognition of their play preferences.

Piaget’s concept of schemas was developed further by Chris Athey; she suggested that through a child’s schema they were able to make sense of their world. Subsequently schemas have been developed and are used to support children’s learning through play. Within Humpty Dumpty Childcare staff are making use of child observations to identify children’s schemas and provide activities to support their play preferences. Find out about how your child’s development is being enhanced by their schematic play – ask your keyworker for more information.

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