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Helping adults support their children through play and creativity.

Developmental Play

location_on Singapore
Play is the language of childhood. It teaches children about their world, how to collaborate, and that they can have impact. And it’s fun. When a child struggles at school or in life, it’s often because they don’t have the right foundations in place. Developmental Play trains you to give children these foundations.
It is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self.

Donald Winnicott


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Updated on April 12th, 2021
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The Importance of Developmental Play

Developmental Play is like a pyramid where each level builds on an earlier one. Ensuring that each level is solid for a child, which may involve going back to rebuild it, is the key to the success of this approach. The Developmental Play training gives you the skills to identify if a child needs support, and exercises and activities to support them.

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Developmental Play is associated with the Real Play Coalition, launched in 2018 by the LEGO Foundation, IKEA, National Geographic and Unilever to bring play back into childhood. A report from the World Economic Forum says “We must equip our children with the tools to address and embrace the new realities of tomorrow. To do this, we must allow them to develop through play the skills they need to thrive in the dynamic, challenging economies of tomorrow.”

Our online Academy and our in-person workshops teach you to identify if a child has missed out on a level of play and should go back to it, and then to take them there so they can build from a strong, confident starting point. The courses are suitable for parents/carers and for teachers/clinicians such as childcare workers, teachers and therapists.

Ambition to scale

We are introducing Developmental Play through the Asian Regional Network for Early Childhood in the next few weeks which covers 30 countries in this region. Additionally, we will present our work in the US in October and launch in the UK in 2021. We are currently working on building more partnerships here in Singapore and in Hong Kong.

Response to School Closures 

The Stay at Home Play at Home resources were developed as Open Source for a rapid COVID-19 response and have since been translated into 9 languages across the world by organisations like Plan International, World Vision and Asian Parent Magazine. Hope that can be highlighted.


See this innovation in action

Making sense of the pandemic needs to be child’s play.
Stay at Home, Play at Home. Harness the power of play
Building Play - The LEGO way.
Play in uncertain times
Adults inspired by play in India
Developmental Play article published
Schools that we need - In conversation with Pasi Sahlberg
Early and Positive attachments - In conversation with Caroline Essame and Dr. Sue Jennings
Developmental Play inspires teacher to use more play at school and home
Playfulness celebrated at Ist International Developmental Play Conference
The benefits of the Developmental Play approach


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July 2020
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