The Learning Ladder approach to play-based learning

The Learning Ladder approach to play-based learning

Play is the best way for your child to build vital physical, social, emotional and intellectual skills. That’s why play-based learning experiences will form the basis of your child’s educational program at Learning Ladder.

The theory of ‘learning through play’ of Australian early childhood expert Kathy Walker underpins our educational programs. This theory combines intentional teaching with your child influencing what and how they learn through exploration, creativity and fun.

So, what is play-based learning and how can it benefit your child?

What is play-based learning?

Play-based learning is an educational approach that uses play to support children’s learning and development. Play enables children to explore, experiment and create in a safe, supportive environment.

At Learning Ladder, your child can take part in ⁠structured and free play⁠ in our stimulating, purpose-built indoor and outdoor learning environments.

What are the benefits of play?

Here are just some of the reasons why we focus on a play-based curriculum at Learning Ladder:

It helps children learn

Children are naturally curious. When children are engaged in play, they’re actively exploring their surroundings and trying out new things. This hands-on learning is an excellent way for them to build their knowledge bases. Play also helps your child develop interests, further stimulating their thirst for knowledge.

Optimises engagement

Play—whether sports, arts and crafts, music or games—is inherently fun. So, it’s no surprise that children are more likely to be engaged when activities are playful. This increased engagement leads to better learning outcomes by encouraging children to explore new environments and experiment with new materials.

Creates a love of learning

Play-based learning also helps children build positive attitudes towards learning. When children enjoy learning, they’re more likely to want to continue doing it. They will take this attitude with them to school and develop a lifelong love of learning.

Fosters belonging

Everyone wants to feel like they belong. Children are no exception. Play helps children feel included by encouraging them to focus on their unique interests while introducing them to new interests and activities they can experience with their peers. When children play together, they learn to value and respect their differences.

Teaches rules and social skills

Through play, children develop essential social skills, such as cooperation, turn-taking and communication. They also learn important rules, such as how to use materials and equipment safely. Being able to follow basic instructions and communicate effectively are an important foundation for later success in school and in life.

Get in touch with our educators

At Learning Ladder, we’re committed to providing a play-based educational program that helps every child reach their full potential. If you’re considering enrolling your child in a high-quality, play-based educational program, please get in touch with our educators today.


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