Learning through Play
Play helps young children to learn and develop through doing and talking, which research has shown to be the means by which young children learn to think. Our pre-school uses the Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage guidance to plan and provide a range of play activities, which help children to make progress in each of the areas of learning and development. In some of these activities, children decide how they will use the activity and, in others, an adult takes the lead in helping the children to take part in the activity. In all activities, information from ‘Development Matters’ the Early Years Foundation Stage has been used to decide what equipment to provide and how to provide it.
Characteristics of Effective Learning
We understand that all children engage with other people and their environment through the characteristics of effective learning as described in the Early Years Foundation Stage Development Matters guidance as:
- Playing and exploring – engagement
- Active learning – motivation
- Creating and thinking critically – thinking
We aim to provide for the characteristics of effective learning by observing how a child is learning and being clear about what we can do and provide in order to support each child to remain an effective and motivated learner.