How Children Learn
Young children learn through play, investigating and exploring. They need time to explore the
world in which they live.
They touch, manipulate, look, listen, smell and explore what they find
around them. They learn best by doing and when they are interested, involved and motivated.
Play helps develop social development, physical skills, language, mathematics, science, creativity, logic and intellect. Play also helps children to share, be independent, co-operate, express feelings and most importantly have fun! A happy child is a child who will learn.
Play needs to be carefully planned, and extended using appropriate teaching and preparation. Materials and equipment need to be provided that are appropriate and the environment needs to be thought about to ensure it supports learning to achieve the very best for each individual child.
A child playing is a child working.
Skilled educators intervene to provide for a child’s needs and do this by knowing what a child can do already and plan opportunities which build upon their interests in ways which are unique to them. In our sessions children have varied learning experiences each term and these are selected to provide new and challenging experiences.
Our environments are safe, attractive and stimulating. They are made suitable for children of all ages and we use many varying resources including many that are natural and recyclable. We use displays to show parents what children learn and we use photographs a lot to capture learning which we also send to parents or we include them into learning diaries.