19 Jul 2018
Children Learning at Childcare
When children play with their toys, touch and feel different textures, and explore the footpaths around your yard, it is more than just a simple activity. It is through play and exploration that kids learn valuable skills. From social interactions with fellow children to cognitive and physical growth from exploration, playing helps children develop the skills they need to make sense of the world.
This is why the United Nations recognise play as a fundamental right of every child. Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child states that ”every child has the right to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child.” In addition, each member government shall “respect and promote the right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life and shall encourage the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational and leisure activity.”
Through the initiative of the Australian Government, play-based learning became central to the Early Years Learning Framework. The government recognises the value of play to the development of children and the necessity of experienced educators to facilitate the curriculum. To learn more about children learning at childcare, here are some essential information about play-based learning that you need to know.
At Kinda Mindi childcare centre Castle Hill, we provide a play-based learning environment for children aged 6 weeks to 6 years old. For more information on our childcare services and curriculum, visit our Castle Hill childcare centre at 14 Garthowen Cres or call us on (02) 8850 3365.
Play-based Learning Benefits
The Early Years Learning Framework defines play-based learning as “a context for learning through which children organise and make sense of their social worlds, as they engage actively with people, objects and representations.” Research has shown that play has an important role in early childhood development. Through play-based learning, early childhood educators capitalise on each child’s natural curiosity to introduce new concepts about topics that interest them.
Benefits of play-based learning include:
- Fostering pre-literacy and language skills
- Developing social and emotional skills
- Encouraging creativity and imagination
- Developing dexterity and physical strength
Learnings of Exploratory Play
Exploratory play refers to a set of activities where children find out about the different kinds of objects around them, their properties and what happens when they are manipulated. It relies on children’s high level of curiosity and inquiry. In this type of play, children use all five of their senses to tinker with objects to learn their uses and functions. Exploratory play is highly physical in the early stages of childhood as children use their entire body to reach around and explore the world around them.
For very young children, exploratory play involves grasping objects, putting them in their mouths, rubbing them against their faces or throwing them away. Toddlers still use the same methods but may add new ones such as sorting into groups, linking objects or taking them apart. Older children may group and explore new places together as they now have a greater understanding of the objects around them.
Sensory learning involves activities that engage and stimulate a young child’s sense of sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. Some of these activities include observing lights and shadows, playing with instruments, creating shapes from clay or kinetic sand and finger-painting.
Sensory play activities encourage children to explore and investigate with a trial-and-error approach. This helps their brain create strong connections on sensory information, encourage scientific thinking, and help develop their motor skills.
Learn More About Our Play-based Curriculum
At Kinda-Mindi, we believe in fostering “the curious child” through our play-based learning curriculum. For a more in-depth information on our teaching philosophy, visit our Castle Hill childcare centre at 14 Garthowen Cres or call us on (02) 8850 3365.