As adults, we often view play as a purposeless activity, but for children, it’s a vital aspect of their learning and growth. Renowned psychologist Jean Piaget believed that play is the work of childhood, as it is essential for children’s physical, cognitive, social and emotional development.

At The Owl and the Pussycat Preschool in Warriewood and Collaroy Plateau, we follow the National Quality Framework and Early Years Learning Framework to design our play-based learning programs. Our educators plan, observe and assess children’s progress in a holistic and child-centered way and collaborate with families to support each child’s learning journey.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss the significance of a play-based approach to learning and explore the skills and knowledge children acquire through play.

Why Is A Play-Based Approach Important?

A play-based approach to learning enables children to learn at their own pace and in a way that’s significant to them. It gives them the opportunity to explore, experiment and problem-solve in a secure and nurturing setting. Play-based learning is beneficial in the development of creativity, critical thinking, social skills, physical abilities and emotional well-being.

What Do Children Learn Through Playing?

Numerous studies show that play is a powerful tool for children’s learning and development. Here are some reasons why:

  • Play allows children to learn in a way that’s natural, enjoyable and meaningful to them.
  • Play fosters curiosity, imagination, exploration and discovery.
  • Play promotes physical health, coordination and confidence.
  • Play enhances cognitive skills, such as problem-solving, decision-making, memory and creativity.
  • Play develops social skills such as communication, collaboration, empathy and respect for diversity.
  • Play supports emotional well-being by providing a safe and positive outlet for expressing feelings, coping with stress and building resilience.

How Can You Contribute To Your Child’s Learning?

Parents and caregivers can help their children benefit from play-based learning by:

  • Creating a play-friendly environment with age-appropriate toys, games and materials.
  • Encouraging and praising children’s play efforts and achievements.
  • Joining in children’s play occasionally, but without taking over or dictating.
  • Asking open-ended questions that encourage children to think, reason and express themselves.
  • Providing ample opportunities for unstructured, outdoor and social play.

The Owl And The Pussycat: Promoting Play-Based Learning

At The Owl and the Pussycat Preschool, we recognise the significance of play-based learning. We offer a nurturing and stimulating environment where children from infancy to preschool age can learn through play.

Our experienced and expert staff are trained to support and encourage children’s natural curiosity, creativity and love of learning. We provide a range of play-based learning experiences that promote children’s cognitive, social, emotional and physical development.

Our preschool in Warriewood and Collaroy Plateau offers a warm, supportive and stimulating environment where children can learn, play, and explore. Book a tour today to see our facilities and learn more about our approach!