Learning through Play is how we do it!

Learning through play is a term used in education and psychology to describe how a child can learn to make sense of the world around them. Through play children can develop social and cognitive skills, mature emotionally, and gain the self-confidence required to engage in new experiences and environments.

Play is one of the main ways in which children learn and develop. It helps to build self worth by giving a child a sense of his or her own abilities and to feel good about themselves. Through this, they can learn essential skills such as problem solving, working with others, sharing and much more …

Following the Child…

Usually  you will find that adults want to initiate the play or learning experience but it is so important to let the child lead.  This will grow their confidence to explore and also show you what they know and how they interpret the world, making sense of it at their own pace.

At Laugh and Learn Pre-school our highly experienced and qualified early years practitioners “follow the child” by observing and finding out what the child can do, assessing and planning next steps individually, support and extend each child`s learning journey, providing them with the resources that will interest and excite them. We recognise that each child is a competent learner who has an absorbent mind and can be resilient, capable and self-assured.

The Piaget Theory

Jean Piaget was a Swiss psychologist known for his work on child development. Piaget’s 1936 theory of cognitive development and epistemological view are together called “genetic epistemology”. Piaget placed great importance on the education of children.

Piaget viewed play as integral to the development of intelligence in children. His theory of play argues that as the child matures, their environment and play should encourage further cognitive and language development.

“It is with children that we have the best chance of studying the development of logical knowledge, mathematical knowledge, physical knowledge, and so forth.” Jean Piaget

There are 5 stages of play;

  • Unoccupied Play (Birth-3 Months)
  • Solitary Play (Birth-2 Years)
  • Spectator/Onlooker Behaviour (2 Years) 
  • Parallel Play (2+ Years) 
  • Associate Play (3-4 Years) 
  • Cooperative Play (4+ years)

Researchers suggest that play is a central ingredient in learning, allowing children to imitate adult behaviours, practice motor skills, process emotional events, and learn much about their world. One thing play is not, is frivolous.

Here our Top 10 Play Activities

1. Sand & Water

2. Play Dough

3. Dress Up

4. Singing & Dancing

5. Studying Nature

6. Sensory Play

7. Board Games

8. Climbing, running, swinging

9. Imaginative Play

10. Drawing & Painting

At Laugh and Learn Pre-school we pride ourselves on providing a safe, caring environment where children can take their first steps into the world of learning with confidence and begin to develop strong inter-personal relationships with other children and adults beyond their own immediate family. In order to do this we encourage independence and individualism so that your child can explore the world around them and develop and grow at a speed that is comfortable for them.

Thank you to Laugh & Learn Pre-School for this insightful blog.