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The importance of a play-based approach - Helping young learners to flourish

By Dr Sarah Alexander
© ChildForum

a lovely example of early childhood education happening in a licensed home-based setting appropriate for children's agesThe one thing every parent, caregiver and educator wishes most for a young child is to have a happy and fulfilled childhood.

You can best support children's well-being and provide a strong foundation for their ongoing learning, development and achievement through:

  • shared fun and laughter
  • love and consistency of care
  • lots of play-based learning opportunities
  • lots of talking talking about things they have seen or done before and relating to what they are seeing or doing now 
  • lots of opportunities to engage in a broad range of activities in the community.  For example,  through travel, shopping, attending an early childhood service and experiencing preschool-style activities and different ways of doing things, going to the beach, walking up a hill and viewing the scene above and below,  watching diggers at work, visiting friends, collecting and identifying feathers, etc, etc. 

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