Purple Jay

Mother Goose Nursery0207 277 5951
Purple Jay Lambeth0207 735 6317

We teach our children through play. A common statement nursery will tell you, resulting in typical questions such as; what does it mean? How can they possibly be learning?

Play as a teaching tool or approach has been influenced over the years by the work of many educationalists, psychologists, researchers and practitioners, and much has been written about how young children learn and how adults can support this learning. No matter which approach the educator adopts e.g. ‘Montessori’, ‘Reggio Emillio’, or ‘Forest schools’ they all have play as their foundations.


Play allows children to:

  • Interact with peers and adults, understand social cues, emotions of ours, empathy and suitable ways to communicate and met their own needs
  • Carrying out a task that is enjoyable will result in increased thinking, problem solving and ability to concentrate
  • Children learn by merging different ideas and concepts. They do not have the ability to separate curriculum areas when learning.
  • Explore their own ideas and take on board new ideas from others
  • Promote self-discipline. Rewards are short-term fixes, self discipline is the only long term solution, this is accomplished by adults and peers acknowledging achievements.
  • Imagination, creativity and all kinds of symbolic behaviour (reading, writing, drawing, dancing, music, mathematical numbers, algebra, role play and talking) develop and emerge when conditions are favourable for the child.

We adopt a number of different theories and methods to model our own playful approach. The areas to consider are: Personnel, environment, resources, outdoor space.