Getting along with others

Playtime and social interactions help your child to develop social skills they need to build positive relationships. 

As they play with others, kids develop conflict resolution and negotiation skills and learn to care for others. By working with and considering others, they also learn how to be effective communicators and manage their emotions.

You can support your child’s play by teaching them how to share, take turns and understand what fair and unfair behaviour is. Talking to your child about their friends, playgroup or interactions with others can help them understand emotions and learn new ways to deal with a situation.

Encourage your child to initiate play with other children by discussing how they can let someone know they would like to play or join in a game. This could be by suggesting a game, or asking to join an existing game. Encourage them to listen and follow other children’s suggestions and to consider the feelings of the people they are playing with.

Children develop beliefs and attitudes from an early age, so it is important to allow them to explore the similarities and differences between people, their abilities, backgrounds and cultures.

Image Children learn social skills while playing and engaging with others


Published — 02 September 2016 Last updated — 31 October 2016

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