Did you know that children learn naturally through play. It’s how they make sense of the world around them, express their curiosity, and have fun. Play-based learning is the foundation of our approach to early education at The Yellow Cottage but not all parents know what play-based learning actually is. To some it just looks like play, but we believe parents having an appreciation of the learning taking place can help them understand what we do in the preschool each day and extend their child’s learning at home.

The first five years are when children form their neural pathways and connections. Through play and active exploration, children’s brains are shaped and designed and many skills are developed such as: creativity; communication; problem solving; emotional regulation; and relationship building. These are all critical skills needed for school and adult life, and quality play-based learning is the best way to develop them.