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 learn to 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 supporting 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 academic journey.

What is play-based learning

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, each child’s unique voice is included in the curriculum as educators look at how children are interacting with their environment and at how, as educators, they can extend the children’s learning.

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

Contact St Nicholas Early Education

To learn more about St Nicholas Early Education’s play-based curriculum and how we are scaffolding the elements of each child’s learning journey, contact us here.

To experience the centres for yourself, you can also book a tour of the centre of your choice where you will have the opportunity to see the learning environment, experience the curriculum and meet educators face-to-face. Click here to request a tour.

St Nicholas Early Education curriculum