Play is an important medium for learning. It helps to develop a broad range of developmental goals. The Centre provides children with play experiences that enable them to develop and accumulate their own knowledge.
Time is given for the child to make free choices and to learn coping and problem-solving skills. There is a balance between child-directed and teacher -directed activities. All activities are appropriate to the child’s developmental level and considerations is given to individual differences in rate of development. The teachers encourage positive social interaction between children and encourage them to settle their differences without unnecessary interference from adults.
Play will encourage the children to learn and explore different skills in language, math, science and creative expression. In order to accomplish this goal, a variety of activities are offered such as games, baking, swimming, outdoor play, stories, books films and field trips. Other examples with details of their importance include:
- Socio-dramatic Play: Provides opportunities for essential development experiences. All areas of a child’s growth are stimulated such as language and social skills, creative development gross and fine motor development as well as cognitive and emotional development.
- Block Play: Fosters development if cognitive and physical skills and creative play. It assists in the development of self-concept, promotes dramatic play, social interaction, physical development, art and math. It ensures the development of hand-eye co-ordination, muscle growth and visual perception, and is important in preparing for reading and writing. Activities include stacking, balancing, reaching, grasping, lifting, pushing, carrying, measuring and calculating.
- Sand Play: Develops co-ordination, imagination, problem-solving skills, perception and provides opportunities for the development of social and language skills. Offers rich tactile experiences by digging, pouring, moulding, patting, smoothing, pushing and pulling.
- Puzzles & Manipulatives: Encourages the development of visual-motor skills and fine motor control. Twisting, turning, connecting stacking, sorting and lacing develops hand-eye coordination, visual and tactile motor abilities and cognitive skills such as classification, patterning, sequencing and number concepts.
- Water Play: Children will learn about volume, gravity, magnification, reflection, transparency, conservation and quantity. Water is a soothing activity that aides in emotional growth by providing and acceptable outlet for emotions through moving, controlling and touching water.
- Music & Movement: Enhances fine and gross motor, language and social-emotional development. New concepts and words new interests and abilities are discovered.
- Art Activities: Fosters social, emotional, sensory and intellectual learning. It enables children to freely explore and express themselves through creativity.