What is play based learning?


A child’s play is the foundation on which their learning journey is built. Play allows children to experience, explore, examine, discover, take risks, derive meaning and solve problems - these are all the beginnings of a child’s literacy, social and cognitive skills.

While research into brain development is still in its infancy, there is significant evidence to support the value of play when it comes to cognitive development. Children who engage in play are more likely to have well-developed memory skills, improved language development and are better equipped to regulate their behaviour. All of this means children are better prepared for their transition to school and for their lifelong learning journey.

At St Nicholas Early Education, educators work with each child on an individual level to gain an understanding of their wants, needs, interests and strengths. In developing learning experiences, educators look at how children are interacting with their environment, how they can extend the children’s learning, and ensure child’s unique voice is included in the curriculum.

Allowing children to investigate, practice and master skills ensures that educators are scaffolding all the elements of children’s pre-literacy and pre-numeracy, so when it comes time for them to transition to school, children have grown into ready, capable and confident learners.

Contact St Nicholas Early Education

To learn more about our play-based curriculum, or for more information about enrolling your child in one of our centres, contact us here.

To experience St Nicholas Early Education for yourself, you can also book a tour of one of our centres where you will have the opportunity to experience the learning environment and meet our educators face-to-face. Click here to request a tour.

St Nicholas Early Education curriculum