We enable the joyful freedom of self expression through loving & safe connections
At Panania Preschool- Kindergarten we implement a Play Based Curriculum; this is also reflected in our philosophy:
“We lovingly nurture every child’s natural development through our shared values of Love, Family, Courage and Spirituality. We treasure the joy of creating authentic connections with children enabling them to be free and safe to express their inherent creativity and imagination”.
Research has shown that play is the best way for the children to learn the concepts, skills and tasks needed to set a solid foundation for later life. When children are encouraged and given the opportunity to explore and experiment through play, they will become confident and active learners.
Over the years there have been many theories regarding the value of play for a child’s development. In Steiner philosophy, free play supports the proper development of the will, and children are trusted to work out identities, relationships, fantasy and reality for themselves through play.
According to Piaget, play is linked to cognitive development, in which children progress through stages where they have an active role in engaging in problem solving while developing an understanding of the world around them.
Vygotsky’s view was that play serves as a tool of the mind enabling children to master their own behaviour while promoting cognitive, emotional, and social development. Froebel regarded play as a strong connection between play and learning, acknowledged the importance of adult interactions and interventions.
Groos, Instinct- Practice Theory, viewed play as training for later life. Looking at play as a learning tool it can be said that each of the theories are still current today, in some way, when placed within certain scenarios. All these theories have their place, and these along with our beliefs and experiences can influence how we work with children. The EYLF and NQS also reflect these theories.
Why Play-Based Learning?
The following is an article found in Every Child Vol. 16 by Lennie Barblett that supports our practices.
‘…for the EYLF to be implemented properly, all early childhood educators need to know what play is, why it
is important, how to implement and assess a play-based program and their role in it.’ – Abstract from ‘Why Play-Based Learning’ by Lennie Barblett