Our drama centre reflects a real life context. From dressing up corners to dinosaurs, from supermarket to the fishing pond, everything is child sized giving children an experience of the real world. It is therefore an effective way for children to make sense of the world around them. Role play can take on multiple forms, and while pretending may just look like “playing”, it is integral to the developmental learning process. It should be encouraged, and children need lots of opportunities to engage. It teaches children to self regulate emotion and action and encourages language development.