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Tag: Play-based learning

Learning through doing, interacting, exploring, creating and imagining – learning through play is how our children develop best. Both Te Whāriki and the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) understand this. Therefore, they promote a play-based learning approach. 

Our blogs demonstrate the importance of play-based learning. They also provide creative and meaningful ideas for supporting play in the early years – whether through STEM education or floorbooks.  

Take a moment to explore our blogs and play-based learning resources. Let’s encourage our children to play and learn! 

risky play

Risky play and child development

Adventurous, risky play is often considered too dangerous for young children, something that adults need to protect them from. Yet such play is essential for normal child development, building knowledge, skill, confidence, resilience, and a risk-taking disposition.

Intentional Teaching

Intentional teaching for early childhood

Experienced educator and recognised author, Anne Houghton, sets intentional teaching in its big-picture context to show its potential as an effective pedagogical practice.

Play and learning

Play and learning in the early years

Play and learning. Not opposites, but complementary. Associate Professor Christine Howitt discusses how play is what young children naturally do and how they best learn. 

STEM

How to get the ‘T’ in STEM

The world does not exist within boxes and children do not think in terms of subjects. With technology within STEM, think of it from the perspective of how the world works.

STEM

Young children and STEM

Associate Professor Christine Howitt discusses the importance of integrating STEM into early childhood settings. It is an integrated approach to exploring and investigating.

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Cultural and Social Inclusion in the EYLF

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Foundations of Communication, Language and Literacy in the EYLF

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