In each child, intellectual, physical, social, emotional and creative dimensions are interrelated. In order to address all of these dimensions our programme includes drama, music and art activities. Learning opportunities in the ELC also build upon children’s past experiences and are planned to accommodate their changing needs, interests and circumstances. Young children are naturally curious and ask many questions about things that catch their attention. They are provided with opportunities to manipulate materials, to observe, listen, investigate and experiment, as well as draw conclusions. Play is also an important element in providing the maximum learning environment. During play children become immersed in activities through which they learn about themselves and explore their world.
- Research demonstrates that early learning experiences have profound impact on child development.
- Early interactions with caring adults impact the way connections are made in the brain.
- Early learning directly impacts future outcomes in education.
What does Early Childhood Learning look like
- Offers language rich environment.
- Integrated experential learning, connections to real life (authentic learning).
- Builds thinkers, problem solvers, confident young people who dare to be themselves.
The benefits of play are recognized by the scientific community. There is now evidence that neural pathways in children’s brains are influenced and advanced in their development through exploration, thinking skills, problem solving, and language expression that occur during play.
Research also demonstrates that play-based learning leads to greater social, emotional, and academic success. Based on such evidence, ministers of education endorse a sustainable pedagogy for the future that does not separate play from learning but brings them together to promote creativity in future generations. In fact, play is considered to be so essential to healthy development that the United Nations has recognized it as a specific right for all children.
Learning through play is supported by children and parents
Learning through play is supported by children. It is their natural response to the environment around them. When children are manipulating objects, acting out roles, or experimenting with different materials, they are engaged in learning through play. Play allows them to actively construct, challenge, and expand their own understandings through making connections to prior experiences, thereby opening the door to new learning. Intentional play-based learning enables children to investigate, ask questions, solve problems, and engage in critical thinking. Play is responsive to each child’s unique learning style and capitalizes on his or her innate curiosity and creativity. Play-based learning supports growth in the language and culture of children and their families.
Please click here to review the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) Statement on Play-Based Learning.