What is Play-Based Learning?
We aspire to provide a program rooted in best practices, backed by research, and measured by our
achievement of DAP (Developmentally Appropriate Practice) guidelines.
- Staff and teaching parents organize indoor and outdoor environments to encourage children to learn through play.
- We meet the age appropriate and individual needs of the whole child by providing a hands-on environment that enhances cognitive, language, physical, and social-emotional development.
- Children experience learning as a discovery process not as the completion of a product.
- Children in our programs experience active transitions, exploration, and routines that reflect the scope of our hands-on, play-based early childhood curriculum.
How are staff and teaching parents ensuring that children are engaged in play-based learning?
- Asking children open ended questions such as:
- What do you think? How does that feel, smell, taste? What do you think will happen if…?
- Encouraging children to focus and discover the process not the end product.
- Instead of making a model or sample artwork for the children to copy, staff and teaching parents explain the activity to the children and then let them explore with the materials.
- Engaging with children in meaningful dialogues about the activity or project they are working on. Staff and teaching parents are constantly interacting with the children.
- Creating a purpose or objective for every activity that is presented to children.
- Allowing the children to choose the activity or area of study and then follow-up on their