We recognise the value and richness of play as a catalyst for children’s learning and their ongoing engagement in meaningful experiences.
Play is a vital part of every child’s life and is the way they make sense of their world. It is the basic ingredient for learning, develops new skills and stimulates intellectual growth.
When children play they approach experiences with interest, ownership, empowerment and possibility.
Play allows children to make sense of real-life situations, to develop awareness of themselves and others, to explore, investigate and experiment and to be actively involve in learning.
Play allows children to develop self-confidence, express their ideas and feelings in many different ways, inhabit imagined situations, collaborate with others, develop relationships, consolidate previous learning and be challenged in new learning.
Groundbreaking research, the Early Years Study commissioned by the Government of Ontario, Canada concluded:
‘Play-based problem-solving with other children and an adult is an early learning strategy that has a crucial effect on early brain development and should be the format for children entering the school system.’
The Stones Corner Community Kindergarten programme follows the Australian Government’s The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia – Belonging, Being & Becoming.
It is Australia’s first National Early Years Learning Framework for early childhood educators.The aim of the document is to extend and enrich children’s learning from birth to five years and through the transition to school.
The QKLG provides a framework aligned to the EYLF and is designed to support teachers plan and implement quality teaching and learning specifically for the year before children start formal schooling. All documents support the goal that all young Australians become successful learners, confident and creative individuals, active and informed citizens and contribute to Australia’s commitment for improved outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
Aligning closely within the Australian and Queensland frameworks is Listening and Learning together: C&K’s Curriculum Approach
The purpose of this document is to set out values, commitments and visions for children’s learning that underpin curriculum in C&K services and to support educators to bring these to life in ways that realise the expectations described in the EYLF and QKLG documents. The C&K Approach is a professional resource for all educators that work with and alongside children from birth through to school transition.