As a parent, choosing the right nursery for your child can be a daunting task. One aspect that should be at the forefront of your decision-making process is the role of play-based learning in your child’s early education. At Little Acorns Day Nursery, we believe in the power of play-based learning. In this blog, we’ll explore why it’s so important for your child’s development.
What is Play-Based Learning?
Play-based learning is a pedagogical approach that emphasises learning through play. It involves creating an environment where children are encouraged to explore and engage in activities that are both fun and educational. Play-based learning recognises that children learn best when they are actively involved in their own learning and that they have their own unique learning styles and abilities.
The Benefits of Play-Based Learning
There are many benefits of play-based learning, including:
Developing Social Skills: Play-based learning provides opportunities for children to interact with their peers and nursery staff. It encourages them to communicate, collaborate, and develop relationships with others.
Encouraging Creativity: In a play-based environment, children are encouraged to use their imaginations and come up with their own ideas. This helps to develop their creativity and problem-solving skills.
Developing Physical Skills: Play-based learning provides opportunities for children to develop their physical skills, such as gross and fine motor skills. For example, climbing, running, and playing with building blocks all help to develop different physical abilities.
The Importance of Dedicated Play Spaces
At Little Acorns Day Nursery, we understand the importance of creating a stimulating play-based environment for children. That’s why we have a designated playroom and play area where children can explore and engage in different activities.
Our playroom is equipped with age-appropriate toys and learning materials that encourage exploration and discovery. For small babies, we offer a soft play area that allows them to develop core skills in a safe, nurturing environment. Across all of our age groups, we provide a wide range of toys designed to encourage development and learning through play. From building blocks to arts and crafts supplies, there’s sure to be something for your child.
Our outdoor play area is equally important, as it provides children with opportunities to explore the natural world and engage in physical activities. Not only that, but it allows the little ones to develop their gross motor skills and engage in imaginative and creative play. We have a range of equipment, including climbing frames, slides, and sandpits, as well as space for children to run, jump, and play games.
How Nursery Staff Help with Play-Based Learning
Of course, playrooms and outdoor play areas are only as effective as the nursery staff who facilitate children’s learning and development. At Little Acorns Day Nursery, we have a highly trained and dedicated team who understand the importance of play-based learning. Our nursery staff are skilled in creating a nurturing environment that encourages children to explore and learn through play. They are knowledgeable about child development and are able to provide guidance and support to children as they engage in different play activities.
If you are looking for a nursery that provides a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment for your child, get in touch with us today to arrange a visit.