When children use their imagination in play they are developing important psychological and emotional capabilities that help them understand the world in which they live and their relationship to it. Imagination fosters cognitive and social development and helps children reach their highest intellectual and social/emotional potential. In early childhood education, critical thinking skills and creative problem-solving abilities are important goals for your child’s development.

The following is a list of key goals for children to reach in accordance to their age group. It is important for parents to understand that if your child seems like they are not reaching these goals then that may be for a number of factors which may not be a cause of concern as each and every child develops differently.

Birth to 11 months / 8 to 20 months

  • Babies and toddlers need to explore the world and develop a range of ways to communicate before they can express their own ideas through arts and design.
  • 16 to 26 months
  • Expresses self through physical action and sound. • Pretends that one object represents another, especially when objects have characteristics in common.
  • 22 to 36 months
  • Beginning to use representation to communicate, e.g. drawing a line and saying ‘That’s me’.
  • Beginning to make-believe by pretending.

30 to 50 months

  • Developing preferences for forms of expression.
  • Uses movement to express feelings.
  • Creates movement in response to music.
  • Sings to self and makes up simple songs.
  • Makes up rhythms.
  • Notices what adults do, imitating what is observed and then doing it spontaneously when the adult is not there.
  • Engages in imaginative role-play based on own first-hand experiences.
  • Builds stories around toys, e.g. farm animals needing rescue from an armchair ‘cliff’.
  • Uses available resources to create props to support roleplay.
  • Captures experiences and responses with a range of media, such as music, dance and paint and other materials or words.

40 to 60+ months

  • Create simple representations of events, people and objects.
  • Initiates new combinations of movement and gesture in order to express and respond to feelings, ideas and experiences.
  • Chooses particular colours to use for a purpose.
  • Introduces a storyline or narrative into their play.
  • Plays alongside other children who are engaged in the same theme.
  • Plays cooperatively as part of a group to develop and act out a narrative.

Source: Department for Education; Early Years Outcomes

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