Play offers children opportunities to engage with the world around them. Because it is intrinsically motivated and freely chosen, it allows children control over their actions and their learning. Play can also help develop the child’s self-regulation and problem solving capacity as well as enrich vocabulary and language skills.
Today, nearly 200 years after Froebel first argued for the importance of play in children’s lives, play remains an essential part of effective early childhood learning. The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) reminds us that play is:
‘A context for learning through which children organise and make sense of their social worlds, as they actively engage with people, objects and representations.’
This module examines the value of play for children’s learning in the early years and focuses on:
- importance of play for children’s learning and development, the role of educators in supporting effective play-based learning and how to balance intentional teaching with play-based approaches
- characteristics of play and the role of play in early childhood and school settings
- arguments in support of play-based programs and advocating for play
- The educator’s role in guiding play
This module includes written information and video interviews with educators, activities and self-reflection opportunities.
This module will take an estimated 60 minutes to complete. It is suitable for educators at all stages of their careers.