Play provides children with opportunities to enhance their social and emotional growth and learn about friendships and responsibility. Social Skills are enhanced through both group activities such as story and sharing time as well as through imaginative, dramatic play that encourages creativity, teamwork and cooperative play.
Play develops language and problem solving skills as children generate solutions and make decisions.
Playing with building blocks, manipulatives, and puzzles encourages children to learn math concepts such as space, shapes, balance, size, and how things fit together; experimenting with paints, crayons and clay enhances fine motor skills; hands-on experiences and games introduce the concepts of counting and letters in meaningful ways such as placing the correct number of glasses and plates on the snack table or learning to print their name on their artwork.
Play encourages use of the imagination and creative abilities through exploration and discovery in an enjoyable learning experience. Children learn through doing, experimenting, discovering and exploring, rather than memorising isolated facts or information. Qualified and experienced teachers facilitate children’s learning by following an integrated curriculum whereby they interact with children during teacher-directed learning experiences, and during both free play indoors and outdoors.