8 Developmental Needs

Sensory play supports language development, cognitive growth, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills, regulation of emotions, and social interaction. Our materials are designed to facilitate play-based learning for children with different abilities. The approach we used is inspired by the Nurturing Early Learner’s (NEL) framework developed by the Ministry of Education, Singapore.

The 8 Developmental Areas

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Language and Literacy

Children develop linguistic skills through 2 main stages:

  1. Receptive language: Understanding information provided through words, gestures, signs, and symbols.
  2. Expressive language (using language): The use of words, sentences, signs or writing to convey meanings, desires, needs, and ideas. 

 

Aesthetics and Creative Expression

Children are motivated to imagine, create ideas and express themselves through the arts when they are given ample opportunities, time and space to explore.  Aesthetics and Creative Expression develops children’s cognitive skills including problem-solving and independent thinking.

 

Discovery of the World

Discovery of the World helps children to learn about everyday experiences in their surroundings. It involves children learning how to explore and acquire essential knowledge and skills to interact with all aspects of their environment.

 

 

Motor Skills Development

Motor skills is a function that involves precise movement and coordination of the muscles to perform a specific task. It is important to introduce the skills and provide plenty of opportunities to practise so that children can become competent in applying the skills in daily tasks.

 

 

Numeracy

This is a developmental skill for children to recognise and use relationships, patterns, shapes and numbers. It builds their ability to recognise and apply mathematical concepts in all areas of life.

 

 

Social & Emotional Development

This aspect influences children’s self-esteem, confidence, empathy and ability to develop positive social interaction and relationships. These abilities are crucial for their overall growth when they can participate in schools and home successfully, which later influence their success in life. 

 

 

Role Playing/Play Pretend

Pretend play in the early childhood years builds skills in many essential developmental areas such as creativity, problem-solving, language, social and emotional skills. It is important that children are given the space, time and freedom to immerse themselves in their pretend play.

 

 

 

Role Playing/Play Pretend

Pretend play in the early childhood years builds skills in many essential developmental areas such as creativity, problem-solving, language, social and emotional skills. It is important that children are given the space, time and freedom to immerse themselves in their pretend play.


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