Play is essential for children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, to think about problems, and relate to others. Children learn by leading their own play, and by taking part in play which is guided by adults (Statutory Framework for the EYFS 2017, Requirement 1.8)
At Wonder Years Childcare we provide opportunities for play-based, child-led learning in a home-based setting. We believe that children learn best when they are stimulated and engaged in activities inspired by their own interests and needs. Resources and activities are differentiated to ensure they can be accessed and enjoyed by all the children in my care.
As research shows, and from my experience, children benefit greatly when provided with natural and open-ended materials. Some of the experiences and resources that children will have access to include:-
Natural materials - sand, soil, pebbles, shells, sticks and pine cones
Living world - Plants, herbs, flowers, mini beasts and growing vegetables
Water - buckets, brushes, water wall, funnels, measuring jugs and utensils
Imaginative and creative play - mark making materials (big and small), junk modelling, paint, books, role-play, music and dance
Construction and den play - cardboard boxes, tarpaulin, blankets, pegs and large wooden building blocks..