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SmarterPlay is a fantastic new app providing families in Kent (England) with exclusive free access to a range of opportunities and facilities to support them in the demanding and fun role of parenting their young children.With up-to-date information from a range of locations and in-app tools, SmarterPlay offers families, ideas and information to enhance young children’s learning and experiences - literally at their fingertips!
Features of the SmarterPlay app include:
• Regular weekly pop-ups (Push Notifications), related to age of child, on fun ideas and activities to promote early learning related to the EYFS Development Matters statements
• Information and links to useful websites covering:
Special Moments – the importance of bonding and attachmentWith babyMovers and Shakers – the importance of physical activitiesAgain, Again & Again – recognising and understanding schemasRelating to Others – the importance of forming relationships – social and emotional developmentTips for Talking – supporting and encouraging children’s ability to talkExciting Explorations – the wonders of playing with every day and non-expensive itemsRest, Routines and Relaxation – the importance of ensuring adequate rest and regular routines
• Making Memories – capture and annotate special moments, significant learning shared with families. Families could be encouraged to share these with you and add to their children’s Learning Journeys. A useful tool to support meaningful and individual planning.
• Family Friendly Places (geo-located) to visit including:
Country Parks Children’s CentresZoosFarmsToiletsNappy changing facilities Pre-schools/nurseriesParking facilitiesLibraries
• Choosing Quality Childcare? Guidance and helpful hints on what to consider when selecting childcare
• Information on local early years providers and schools including link to Ofsted website for latest Ofsted inspection reports
• Free Childcare – access to information on funding and relevant forms
• Quiz - an interactive quiz for families highlighting the importance of supporting children’s development, well being and safety in a fun and inspiring way