Learning from home

If your family is spending extra time at home, you might like to try some fun educational activities with your child. Below you’ll find some information about the benefits of play-based learning to your child’s development and their readiness for school.

We understand that learning at home is different to learning at an early childhood education service. Where possible, you should maintain a connection with your service and carers who may be able to provide additional assistance and support.

Play-based learning

Children are naturally curious about the world around them. They experience and come to understand the world and their place in it through play. Creating opportunities for children to explore, experiment, question and discover new concepts about the world in playful ways is central to their learning, development and wellbeing.

In play-based learning, children engage with the people, places and objects around them to form their understanding of the world and how they fit into it. Play-based learning is an important way of developing children’s knowledge and skills, and prepares them for a lifetime of learning.

Benefits of play-based learning

Play-based learning has a powerful impact on children’s early cognitive, physical, social and emotional development. Play that is directed and led by your child lets them build upon their own ideas and interests. You can initiate play by offering your child different options for activities, and then allow your child the space and time to make their own decisions during play. Play-based learning that is child-led has many benefits for their development.

Play-based learning can help your child:

  • build
    • their independence as a learner
    • confidence and social skills
  • develop
    • a lifelong passion for learning
    • numeracy and literacy skills
    • fine and gross motor skills
    • language skills and vocabulary
    • critical thinking and problem-solving skills
    • emotional maturity
  • foster creativity and imagination.

Location

Play-based learning doesn’t need to happen in formal settings like pre-school for children to get the benefits. A child’s early years are often spent mostly at home, which means that families and caregivers are a child’s earliest teachers. Families can support learning and development by creating opportunities for play in the home.

Play can happen both indoors and outdoors. You don’t need expensive toys or equipment. Play-based learning can build on everyday activities in the home and make use of common household items. Cardboard rolls and boxes, plastic cups and buckets, wooden spoons, food packaging, old clothes and pots and pans are just some of the items you can use. Feel free to get creative!

Examples

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