Importance of the play-based learning model
Lead Institute offers a unique approach to early childhood education based on a play-based learning model. The play-based model stems from the fact that children are naturally motivated to play – essentially using play as a context for learning. This learning method:
- allows children to explore, experiment, discover and solve problems in imaginative and playful ways
- provides opportunities for children to actively and imaginatively engage with people, objects and the environment
- bring a child’s awareness towards mathematical, scientific and literary concepts, by enabling children to engage with such concepts through hands-on learning
We teach this in the classroom and then allow students to see this in practice during placement at LEAD Childcare centres.
This teaching method may be compared to direct instruction, which research shows can cause stress, decreased motivation for learning, and behaviour problems in children – particularly so for those children who are not yet ready for more formal academic instruction.
Four ways play-based learning benefits children in their early years:
- encourages language skills
- supports pre-literacy skills
- develops social and emotional skills
- fosters creativity and imagination