The Early Years Learning Framework defines play-based learning as ‘a context for learning through which children organise and make sense of their social worlds, as they engage actively with people, objects and representations’. Children may engage in play on their own and explore different materials.
Play is an important part of a child’s early development. Playing helps young children’s brains to develop, allows them to discover, experiment, take risks and learn how to solve problems. Skilled childcare Educators encourage play-based learning and it can make a huge difference to a child’s
development, including improving social, emotional
and memory skills, language development, and behaviour control.
Play-based learning ideas include, sensory play, pretend play, manipulative play (button sorting, threading, marbles) and cognitive play (puzzles, building blocks) and much more!