Play is the process through which all young children learn. Talk is essential to the learning process. There is potential for learning in a whole range of children’s activities both planned and spontaneous, child-initiated and adult-directed. There needs to be a balance between these. Young children’s learning is integrated, not compartmentalised into subjects, and many different aspects of learning take place through the child’s play.
Play that is purposeful will encourage the children to develop skills, knowledge and attitudes required for learning. Through play children will be encouraged to think, increase their understanding by experimenting, explore, test hypotheses, observe, talk, listen, imagine, co-operate and question. The adult’s sensitive involvement by observing, participating, commenting, questioning as appropriate, are vital to extend the children’s learning and development, help the children to classify, to organise knowledge and experiences and to predict situations. Children will need to repeat and practise new skills to consolidate what they have learned.
“I like that children can develop some manual skills via play. There are many subjects so they can see many things, shapes, animals, space and planets. I think everything is perfect!”
– Parent feedback