Play Based Learning


Play based learning is a combination of child initiated play, child initiated/adult supported play and adult initiated play. It is the opportunity to interact and explore, try out new things, make mistakes and learn from them, solve problems, test out ideas, improvise and imagine

“Play based learning” doesn’t happen in isolation. It needs:

  1. Other children so children can explore what it means to belong in a social group, share their ideas, negotiate and contribute to group outcomes.

2. Educators- parents, teachers, grandparents. Educators provide the scaffold for children’s learning. We-

  • Create environments that excite and inspire children to explore, discover, solve problems and construct.
  • Help children find the language to explain their ideas and engage in shared conversations that will extend their thinking.
  • Encourage and support children to try something new and promote and model positive ways to relate to others.
  • Don’t provide all the answers, we show children a variety of ways to find out the answers for themselves.
  • We watch, listen, document and monitor children’s learning.
  • We provoke thinking and present new ideas for exploring and thinking about.





We learn so much about what children know, can do and are interested in when we take the time to watch and listen. It also gives the children the opportunity to show us who they are and what is important to them when we are not always taking the leading role in their play.