Learning through Play Philosophy
Much like Montessori, learning through play is a type of program and a term used in child development and education. The main idea behind learning through play is to provide an environment that is stimulating with various options for age-appropriate play. For example, a toddler is in the physical developmental stage of picking up smaller objects (fine motor skills). A childcare worker can provide various activities that would practice this emerging skill, such as Lego block building, or doll play.
Children use play to explore their environment, understand and make sense of their feelings, and develop their social skills among their peers. The children are encouraged, through modelling and guidance to build social skills, gain a sense of self and celebrate their many accomplishments as they grow and learn. Researchers are finding more and more connections between children’s play and the learning and social development that helps them succeed in school. It is currently the leading way to raise healthy and balanced children.
At Cedarbrae Childcare Centre, our staffs support and believe that children learn through play and the natural exploration of their environment. We provide hands-on learning for children in a nurturing and stimulating environment that promotes independent thinking and an intrinsic joy for learning.