Young children and learning through play

Why choose activity-based learning programs?

The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) is a key component in the Australian Government’s National Quality Framework for early childhood education and care. These exacting standards include the teaching methods we put into practice in our innovative Cherry Bridge Station Early Learning Centres, and a very important element of the framework is learning through play.

The EYLF describes play-based learning as ‘a context for learning through which children organise and make sense of their social worlds, as they actively engage with people, objects and representations’. Play can be difficult to define, but in essence, when a child learns through fun activities and games the education becomes more self-motivated, and therefore often more rewarding.

How does it work?

Children are wired to learn through trial and error, curiosity and example – all of which are intrinsic to playing and copying hands-on activities. If a child feels that they are learning through their own exploration of an object or process, then the education of that process does not feel forced or expected of them. They can simply study the properties of everything they see, hear and touch… building their own invaluable cognitive connections.

Research has proven that children who engage in quality play and activity experiences are more likely to have well-developed memory skills and language abilities. They are also more able to regulate their behaviours, leading to enhanced educational gains throughout their academic life.

Encouraging creativity

The enhanced motor skills that your child can develop through play-based learning, are also complimented with the integration of creative expression through arts, crafts and music. Our Cherry Bridge Station Curriculum encourages children to work together as a team, singing, painting and making great things, further developing their social and cognitive skills.

For creative and play-based learning to take place effectively our trained educators ensure they get to know all the children and their families very well; they assess and document each child and learn about their interests. Then, together with children, families and local communities, they can plan the play-based activities to promote the learning that will achieve the best EYLF outcomes.

These tried and tested teaching methods all focus on the same goal: a fun and seamless way to teach young children, whilst engaging them in an array of other educational highlights, such as language skills, socialising, sharing and active play.

We make it our prime concern to teach children based on the high standards of the Australian National Quality Framework and we are dedicated to nurturing each of our learners until they are confident and school ready!