::: our play based learning philosophy
As we start to branch out talking to a wide range of early years educators and university students, we are amazed at the differing views on what play based learning actually is!
As a summation, our thoughts on play based learning is that it is teaching the children as they like to learn – through play.
Play based learning does not mean that the children just do what they like all day. There will be times when the children come together as a group where they will learn to listen to each other, share information, follow rules and partake in group activities. Play based activities don’t replace intentional teaching, rather complement and enhance it!
In a play based learning setting children will be provided with long periods of uninterrupted play time. They will have the opportunity to follow their own interests. They are encouraged to initiate activities and be self directed with the support of their teachers. They learn to take ownership of their work. They will be gently moulded into independent children with initiative and the confidence to take risks, knowing that there is no right or wrong way.
Open ended play based learning focuses on the process not the product. It is the learning that is taking place that is the all important factor.
Many teachers, as we did, are now choosing to run indoor/outdoor programs and free snack times to enable and enhance the long stretches of uninterrupted play times. This of course is not always possible as the actual physical setup of the centre may not be conducive to it.
When you visit our Education Directory you will discover early childhood settings which reflect this philosophy.