SmarterPlay - App for Families in Kent
21 March 2016
SmarterPlay is a new resource from Kent County Council to give families in Kent access to ideas, resources and locations to explore with their 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, 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 attachment
- Movers and Shakers - the importance of physical activities
- Again, Again & Again - recognising and understanding schemas
- Relating to Others - the importance of forming relationships – social and emotional development
- Tips for Talking - supporting and encouraging children’s ability to talk
- Exciting Explorations - the wonders of playing with every day and non-expensive items
- Rest, Routines and Relaxation - the importance of ensuring adequate rest and regular routines
- Making Memories - capture and annotate special moments, significant learning. Families could be encouraged to share these with their school or childcare provider 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:
- Children’s Centres
- Nappy changing facilities
- Choosing Childcare? Guidance 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
- Did You Know? - an interactive quiz for families highlighting the importance of supporting children’s development, wellbeing and safety in a fun and inspiring way
- An audio function for families with English as an additional language or literacy difficulties.
SmarterPlay app is totally free and available for iOS (version 7 or above) and Android.
For more information please signpost parents, carers and families to visit their app store.