Play is an important part of early years development for children. Playing helps young children’s brains to develop and for their language and communication skills to mature. Play is so important to optimal child development that it has been recognized by the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights as a right of every child.
Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. Play is important to healthy brain development. It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them.
Play allows children to create and explore a world they can master, conquering their fears while practicing adult roles, sometimes in conjunction with other children or adult caregivers. As they master their world, play helps children develop new competencies that lead to enhanced confidence and the resiliency they will need to face future challenges Simple games of peek-a-boo, shaking a rattle or singing a song teach young children about communication, develop their motor skills and help with problem-solving.
Something as easy as stacking and knocking over blocks allows toddlers to discover maths and science concepts, including shapes, gravity, balance and counting.
Play based learning is central to the Australian Government’s Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), and while it may sound simple and easy, play-based learning a complex form of natural enquiry that requires an experienced educator. Our vision at The Hive Academy is provide Holistic, Premium early education and care, and it will be our mission to attract Educators to our team that share this vision.