Young children learn through play
- Play provides the most natural and meaningful process of learning for young children.
- Children learn best through first hand experiences that are relevant to them.
- Exploring processes in play is more valuable than the end product.
Play enables children to explore their ideas and try out new theories of their own. The roll of the teacher is to support and encourage play to extend and enrich that play, reflect issues which are of importance and value to those children. (Fleer, M. Play through the profiles, profiles through play. 1995)
Learning is a continuum.
All children come equipped with prior knowledge and skill, which are further developed and enhanced.