The shift from the conventional classroom is attributed to the evolvement of technology. 21st century technologies accommodate to every type of learner, focusing more on skills rather than knowledge. At Young Academics, we thrive to prepare your child for success through play-based learning strategies.
What is the importance of Play-Based Learning in early childhood?
Play-Based Learning in early childhood incites receptiveness and development of verbal skills and increases cognitive abilities. At Young Academics, we acknowledge the importance of play time through this lens. We see how learner-centred activities facilitate emotional, intellectual, social and cognitive development, simultaneously stimulating knowledge.
According to the Early Years Learning Framework, Play-Based Learning in early childhood education focuses on organisational and social skills needed for your child to actively engage in the fast pacings of the 21st century. This non-traditional approach to learning is proven to be expressive of:
- curiosity, and
Young Academics adopts this learning model in preschool activities, allowing for our students to learn to establish connections between children and experiences, bringing about knowledge. This then promotes the development of relationships amongst others, intellectualizes concepts and stimulates their wellbeing.
As a result of Play-Based Learning, preschool environments are typically interactive. At Young Academics, our centres exuberate colours, shapes, concepts, numbers, letters and images to work hand in hand with play-based strategies and optimise learner-centred activities.
Teacher-Centred Approach vs Play-Based Learning
The 21st century is limitless; constant advances in technology means information is at our fingertips (quite literally). As a result, learning has advanced. Young Academics understands this shifting approach to education. No longer should the educator be primal in the learning process. Rather, Young Academics’ programs ensure that educators are also facilitators. Play and learning are but one concept; work and play are no longer contrasted. This revolutionises childcare philosophy.
At Young Academics, Play-Based Learning means that we:
- Merge play-time with work-time: eliminating the distinction between play and learning means that practical skills are established and knowledge is obtained from ‘hands-on,’ real life experiences.
- Assess children on practical skills: rather than pressure students into the fear of assessing their knowledge, Young Academics evaluates understanding through practical skills.
- Restrict learning to indoors: learning cannot be confined (pun intended); allowing understanding beyond four walls can be beneficial to the cognitive development of students. This is achieved through play-based learning environments.
- Distinguish books from technology: knowledge is everywhere, and we acknowledge this. In a 21st century setting, learning is obtained from every avenue, whether conventional or technological.
Young Academics promotes Play-Based Learning and we encourage families to be a part of our journey towards teaching and enriching 21st century skills in our play-based preschools.
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WHY YOUNG ACADEMICS?
As a family, everything is taken care of as soon as you walk through the centre doors. We provide each child with nappies, wipes, linen, sunscreen, 5 delicious meals, superior facilities and resources, dedicated and engaged educators and a world class daily program focusing on overall wellness, filled with lots of time for fun and exploration.
Our comprehensive offering provides families with peace of mind knowing that their child will be wonderfully taken care of and immersed in educational experiences from the moment they arrive, to the moment they leave the centre.
Tune into Kinderloop
We love nothing more than sharing your child’s progress with you. That’s why we use Kinderloop, an app developed to help educators keep families ‘in the loop’ by capturing and sharing your child’s special moments throughout the day. By simply downloading Kinderloop to your smart phone, you can stay in touch with your child’s milestones, daily activities and events every day.
Trust is everything in childcare, and we work hard to earn it. Whether we’re communicating with families or with each other, we’re truthful, respectful and responsive.
We love looking after children – it’s that simple. It’s what drives us to ensure we’re always implementing best practice in everything we do, from qualifications to processes and curriculum. There’s no place for cutting corners!
Always on the front foot, we’re constantly seeking ways to improve what we do. Just like your children, we’re always learning, growing, adapting and evolving.
We want Young Academics to feel like a home away from home, so we keep family values at the heart of everything we do. It’s about closeness, trust, unity and teamwork.