Free play learning environment
Playcentre offers a free play environments. It means children can choose what they want to do, how they want to do it and when to stop and try something else. Children set their own goals and work at achieving these. The adults provide the time and space for children to play and learn. The adults inspire new learning by getting involved, talking with the children and by responding to their children's interests.
Thanks to our low ratios - at least adult to five children, but usually far more adults! - we are fortunate to be able to support free play session for the whole Playcentre session. We try to keep transitions to a minimum so as to not interrupt children's thinking and concentration.
The structure of the session is in the time, the routines and the environment. For instance, there is often the opportunity for shared kai (food), which is a wonderful chance for children and adults to come together.
We provide children with positve constructive boundaries as and when needed to ensure they play and work in respectful ways with others on session and care for their environment and resources.