Playing to learn

  • Professor Kay Margetts, an associate professor in early childhood studies at Melbourne University, says craft activities that involve children copying precisely a model presented by the teacher risk stifling creativity and imagination, as well as deterring children from experimenting with materials and learning new techniques.
    Posted: 16/5/2016
  • Self-regulation is not simply self-control. It is the ability to manage our energy states, emotions, behaviour and attention: the ability to return to a balanced, calm and constant state of being.
    Posted: 11/4/2016
  • At Playcentre parents are the educators. To provide consistent high quality programmes, adults need to understand the value of play, why it is important, how to implement and assess a play-based program and their role in it.
    Posted: 6/3/2016
  • "It’s so unfortunate that kids get the short end of the stick in this whole free play vs. structured learning debate."
    Posted: 28/2/2016
  • Children are designed to learn through play. This is a very comprehensive summary of the research on play and why it is so important as a vehicle for learning for young children.
    Posted: 7/2/2016
  • Children do not need to be taught language. Instead they actively construct their language using a combination of their experience and their innate language-making capacity.
    Posted: 21/1/2016