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:
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.