Engaging in unstructured play with other children is an essential part of child development and learning.
Play helps children learn how to regulate emotions, solve problems and make plans. A better predictor of a child's academic success in is how well they socialise with their peers.
Playtime isn't wasted time if you're concerned with academics, but the opposite.
Programs at Rose Rainbow Preschool and Kindergarten are led by teachers with a key focus on children learning through active hands on play and discovery.
The services have been engaged in action research with Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in developing a 4-C learning model where children connect, create, contest and change.
Intentional teachers scaffold the learning and encourage children to design their own play episodes and social interactions to foster their optimal development:
Vygotsky's learning theories about social constructivism support the ideas that:
- Children learn in relationship with others;
- Being able to fully engage with like-minded friends can scaffold children's development more readily than teacher-directed activities.
- Making meaning of the world around them, being inquisitive and agentic learners
Rose Rainbow Preschool and Kindergarten is a family operated service at Alexandra Hills and also runs Mighty Oaks, the Outside School Hours Care at Alexandra Hills State School.