When it comes to young children, playtime is the best time to learn. When playing, children develop their social, communication and emotional skills.
As such, play-based learning for children is a concept many early years, educators use as a part of their pedagogy. Through this type of knowledge, educators can introduce and reinforce concepts to engage a child’s interest to learn. They embed elements of teaching within the play experiences that children are naturally drawn to.
1. Broadening Vocabulary
Play-based learning develops a child’s language skills. In a childcare centre, a child’s vocabulary grows as they play with their peers and interact with teachers. Teachers have the opportunity to support language development by defining unfamiliar words, asking questions and encouraging conversations among peers. Approaching these situations through play allows learning to happen naturally, which makes it enjoyable and relevant to a child’s interests.
2. Supporting Pre-literacy Skills
Play that involves music and nursery rhymes support the development of listening skills and sound recognition. Reciting nursery rhymes and singing songs play a significant role in laying the foundations for basic literacy and reading. Doing these activities in a childcare centre helps children develop memorisation skills and the ability to distinguish sounds of vowels and consonants.
3. Developing Social and Emotional Skills
Engaging with others during playtime is associated with growing social and emotional skills. Cooperative games bring joy to children as they share their social experiences with their friends. It also plays an essential role in developing their sense of belonging to their community. As children play with each other, they learn to express themselves to communicate their needs or to resolve conflicts.
One way to develop a child’s sense of caring and empathy is through dramatised plays. For instance, they can cuddle their teddy bear when they want to show that their teddy is hurt or they can they pretend to feed their doll when having a tea party.
4. Fostering Creativity
Fostering imagination during playtime is fundamental to developing curiosity and creativity.
Providing a child with educational toys improves their potential for more formal types of learning. For instance, if a child plays with building blocks or a Lego set, they develop spatial skills needed in the future for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects. By introducing the concept of building through play, children be inspired to become an architect, home builder or artist as well.
Children can also practice solving issues using their imagination. When roleplaying with peers, they can come up with ways to solve the problems in their little play world.
5. Developing a Love for Learning
At Kids Choice Granville, we apply play-based learning to improve a child’s social, emotional and communication skills. Our educational programmes are based on the Early Years Learning Framework. The framework focuses on enhancing a child’s learning capabilities before they reach the age of six.
Our centre is authorised to provide a kindergarten programme based on the Queensland Kindergarten Guidelines. Our programme uses play-based pedagogy to encourage enthusiasm for learning while fostering the development of essential life skills.
We value the parents’ input and participation in the development of their children and our childcare centre. Visit our centre at 94 Cardigan Street, Granville Queensland and witness our students learning happily at play.