Play based learning

Play-based learning is described in the EYLF as ‘a context for learning through which children organise and make sense of their social worlds, as they actively engage with people, objects and representations’.

It is believed that play shapes the structural design of the brain. Play provides active exploration that assists in building and strengthening brain pathways and creates a brain that has increased ‘flexibility and improved potential for learning later in life’. (Lester & Russell, 2008).

Young children’s play allows them to explore, identify, negotiate, take risks and create meaning and children who engage in quality play experiences are more likely to have well-developed memory skills, language development, and are able to regulate their behaviour, leading to enhanced school adjustment and academic learning (Bodrova & Leong, 2005).

The educators at BKCC incorporate play-based learning into the curriculum for these important developmental reasons. They use both indoor and natural outdoor spaces to facilitate this play based learning. The BKCC educators, committee and community has worked hard to create these intentional learning spaces to benefit our children.