At St Luke's Preschool we value the role of play in children's development, exploration and learning. The Early Years Learning Framework (produced by the Australian Government), describes the benefits of play in the following way.
"Play provides opportunities for children to learn as they discover, create, improvise and imagine. When children play with other children they create social groups, test out ideas, challenge each other’s thinking and build new understandings. Play provides a supportive environment where children can ask questions, solve problems and engage in critical thinking. Play can expand children’s thinking and enhance their desire to know and to learn. In these ways play can promote positive dispositions towards learning." (EYLF, Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, 2009)
Many children and families are starting to talk about, and prepare for the transition to school. This is an important time in children's lives, which can come with mixed emotions. One of the many ways we help children to prepare for this transition is to provide a safe place for them to explore, to ask questions and to develop the skills they'll need. Imaginative play is a wonderful, safe way to support this.
This week the Sunshine Room have transformed their home corner into a school classroom. Already the children have been richly engaged in the area. We look forward to seeing how it will develop and adapt as children ask questions, bring ideas and share their experiences.