Learning Through Play

At Ladybirds, your child’s day is carefully planned, and all activities are appropriately prepared for each age group. 

Providing high-quality planned experiences for children’s play is an important way for adults to support children’s learning that is both enjoyable and challenging.

When children play, they are learning at the highest level. Play can extend certain areas of their learning – for example, developing language skills by promoting talk between one another or introducing new vocabulary that they use and act out in their play.

An example of a planned experience for older children in the EYFS would be setting up a health centre in the pre-school room. Children enjoy finding out about stethoscopes and X-rays, role playing different jobs, diagnosing a sore throat and even bandaging a pretend broken arm.

Such a playful approach to learning builds on children’s interests, responds to their ideas for play and also allows scope for structured activities to teach specific skills and knowledge.

We follow The Early Years Foundation Stage (Every Child Matters) programme to make sure your child receives the best possible start to their learning in a stimulating and encouraging environment.

To find out more about The Early Years Foundation Stage programme, take a look at the booklet below, produced by Action For Children and the Department For Education.

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