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NAN: Preschool Play

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Unlike with toddlers, preschoolers’ interactions with children are far more complex. Preschoolers will engage in pretend play with other children. They can plan their play, assigning roles to each other to go along with the plots they develop. Costumes and props will encourage and support dramatic pretend play.

Preschoolers are active and should be allowed to move freely. It’s not age-appropriate for preschoolers to sit still for long periods of time as they learn though observing, imitating and experimenting. When children observe, imitate and experiment it fosters an internal desire to learn. 

Preschoolers are beginning to cooperate and problem-solve with their peers. Their increased language allows them to ask and answer questions and to express their emotions. They can better read facial and body language and control their emotions in this stage of development. 

Playing with others will allow preschoolers to practice cooperation, problem-solving and how to plan with others. Nannies can support children as they learn to initiate and engage others in play and should provide opportunities for preschoolers to interact with other children. By facilitating playdates and outings with other children, nannies can provide opportunities for cooperative play.

Michelle LaRoweNAN: Preschool Play