At every Cuddles Childcare Centre in the Perth area, we epitomise and embrace the concept of learning through play. We are well aware of the numerous studies indicating that preschoolers learn much faster through play than by any other method. We offer a wide assortment of opportunities for your child to learn through play, both individually and in a group.
Here are some things you need to know about play.
How Play Helps Your Child Learn and Grow
Yes, children really do learn through play. Children learn cognitive skills when they play such as problem solving or math in a pretend store. They enhance and develop their physical abilities and fitness when they run or use balancing blocks. They increase their vocabularies by learning new words to describe things they are playing with.
When children play together, they are developing social skills and in some cases leadership skills. Eventually, they reach the point where they are developing literacy skills, such as trying to make a sign or even a menu for a pretend restaurant.
Play is healthy. Children get a lot of exercise when they play. Children who play with others, especially outdoors, have less obesity issues than those who spend more time sitting.
Play reduces stress. Play is one of the best stress reducers we have, especially for children. It helps them express and experience joy and can provide them with a physical outlet for anxiety.
Play is more than you see on the surface. While play can be simple, it can also be complex. There are many different ways to play. Play can be sociodramatic, symbolic and functional. Games that have rules are wonderful for developing children’s ability to function with others and within societal norms.
Playtime is essential. Often, parents don’t make enough time for their children to play. This makes children “lose out” on opportunities for physical, emotional, social, linguistic and cognitive development.
For children, learning and play are one and the same. They may be two different sides, but they are the same coin. If learning is like the lecture portion of science class, play is like the lab portion.
Outdoor play is essential. Children who play outdoors develop much better and are much healthier than those who are stuck indoors all day. Remember what it was like to build “forts” or play on the beach? When you see a group of children playing outdoors, notice the unbridled joy they experience. Let your children create their own memories of outdoor play. It will help them in ways you can’t imagine.
Let it happen. Play comes naturally to children, as does creativity. Do you remember how natural it was to play when you were a child. Children can find ways to play or pretend with even the smallest prompt.
Play provides context for learning. When children play, they are reinforcing their learning in many different areas. They are learning in ways that they can’t learn with their noses stuck in a book. In any of many role playing games, children are pretending to be adults and learning the cognitive and creative skills necessary to eventually fulfill those roles.
The Cuddles Childcare Centre Experience: How it Fits In.
At each Cuddles Childcare Centre in the Perth area, we provide your child with ample opportunities to learn through play. Besides the standard mode of play throughout the day, we offer special programs that we feel are the best play-based learning opportunities in our field.
Shake ‘n’ Bake lets your child help us bake delicious snacks and then eat them when they are finished. Jessie’s Art Time allows your child to experience different artistic media by experience. Junior Soccer Goals is a non-competitive introduction to soccer. Let’s Squiggle is for the babies and toddlers, giving them paper and something to write with. Messy Play and Fun time are just what they sound like.
One of our more effective and eye-opening programs is Jolly Phonics, which gives your child a huge “head start” for school.
Ultimately, all of this is why we believe in learning through play. We know it is the most efficient and fun way for your child to learn in the years before they are forced to “learn by rote” in school.
To learn more or to arrange for child care, contact your nearest Cuddles Childcare Centre in the Perth area today.