Just like a child’s imagination, the benefits of ‘play’ in a child’s development are limitless. Indeed, its value is such that the United Nations recognise ‘play’ as a fundamental Human Right for every child.

But why is learning through play so vital to your child’s growth; and how can you improve it at home and at school?

We were thrilled to answer this important question – posed by luxury British design brand, Dragons of Walton Street. Based locally to us in Knightsbridge, Dragons of Walton Street is passionate about inspiring childhood dreams – a commitment all of us at Eaton Square wholeheartedly admire.

Read on to discover the answer from Zanna Clarke – our Head of Early Years at Eaton Square Schools and Nurseries.


Why is learning through play so important?

Zanna: Put simply, ‘play’ is how children learn. It requires creativity, initiative and imagination – all of which are vital for developing independence, and – importantly – independent thought. Adults often think that learning is just about sitting at school, at your desk, being told how to read, write and absorb knowledge. This is in part true; but fundamental skills are required before this – from fine motor skills to an understanding of space and time. Play activates the imagination; the imagination in turn teaches you to learn to think.


What are the main benefits of play in my child’s life?

Zanna: The benefits are both immediate and long-lasting. From encouraging healthy brain development and practicing motor skills, to processing and understanding the world around them, the cognitive, emotional and physical benefits of play are immense – and well documented by research. These benefits also help form the foundation of essential life skills, such as relationship-building and stress management. Since many of our nursery children go on to study at our Prep and then Senior School, it’s wonderful to see how play contributes to their ongoing achievements.


What are the best forms of ‘play’ for my child?

Zanna: There are so many and so many variables! However, anything that encourages your child’s creativity will boost their learning. At Eaton Square Schools, creativity underpins much of what we do – from the design of our nursery environment to the activities the children engage in. In the Early Years, creativity isn’t just about artwork and music. Instead, every topic should be creative and expressive. Children should be excited about learning!


How can parents encourage learning through play at home?

Zanna: Above all, just as we do at Eaton Square Schools, providing children with the tools to unlock their creativity can give them a great head start.


To find out Miss Zanna’s Top 3 Tips to encourage learning through play from home, read the full piece on Dragons of Walton Street’s blog here.


To find out more about life at Eaton Square Nurseries, we warmly invite you to our upcoming Virtual Open Morning.




When: 09:30-10:30am (GMT), Thursday 6th May 2021

Where: Livestreamed from the School’s historic building

What: The online event will include:

  • Welcome from Principal, Sebastian Hepher and Headmistress, Trish Watt
  • Introduction from Head Boy and Head Girl (current Year 6 pupils)
  • Q&A Session


For further details and/or private appointments, please contact Registrar Ann-Kathrin Potesta: registrar@eatonsquareschool.com   |  44 (0)207 225 3131