Learning through play

“Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.”

(Kay Redfield Jamison – contemporary American professor of psychiatry)

We believe children must be allowed to naturally progress through their own unique stages of learning.

Our curriculum features child initiated experiences ensuring young minds continue to develop.

To make sure we nurture and develop our future generations of thinkers, play is an essential component of our daily curriculum.

WHAT ARE CHILDREN DOING WHEN THEY PLAY?

  • Creating
  • Collaborating
  • Making choices
  • Organising
  • Problem solving
  • Taking and sharing responsibility
  • Interpreting
  • Predicting
  • Recalling and reflecting
  • Talking and communicating.

WHY DOES THIS CENTRE VALUE PLAY?

Research shows play-based problem solving stimulates the growing brain.

  • A child is motivated from within to play – it is natural
  • Play is relatively free from external rules – children are free to make their own
  • Play focuses on the process rather than the product
  • Play is dominated by the players – the children themselves

HOW DO CHILDREN LEARN THROUGH PLAY?

Children learn

  • Social skills by communicating, sharing, cooperating and turn taking
  • Problem solving by experimenting and making discoveries
  • To express their ideas in different ways by talking about thoughts, building, painting, drawing and role playing
  • To adapt to situations and find solutions to problems using flexible and creative thinking
  • To make meaning of the world by exploring a range of roles

One day your child will be in school, real school some like to say
Where they sit at a desk, stuck in a chair and can’t go outside to play
There will be homework to do, lessons to learn, not enough time in the day
And you will look back on their early years and long for when they could “just play”
Yes play is the business of childhood
Play is what they have to do
In order to learn how to live in this world
They are practicing at being you
Every moment they’re learning
Even throwing and catching a ball!
Making mud pies, going on walks,
Helping a friend when they fall.
Play is much more than we realize
Play is far more than it seems
It goes beyond counting and numbers
and far beyond just ABC’s
If play is the purpose of childhood,
Then children should play all the time!
So let’s let the children be children
Before they leave childhood behind
~Gemma Medina