“The early childhood years (from birth to age 8) are formidable years in the growth and development of cognition, language, social, emotional and physical competence” (Robinson & Jones Dias, 2006, p.4). Children’s developmental growth takes place within different social and cultural contexts that they come in contact with.
Lady Nelson Child Care Centre seeks to recognise the above contexts by adopting Vygotsky’s theory of Socio-Culture, which states that “learning is different for each child and needs to be understood within particular cultural and social contexts” (Arthur, et.al, 2007).
Vygotsky also viewed “play” as an important social experience, as children learn many concepts and reasoning as they pretend play and organise themselves accordingly.
Play has a central role in learning, where children have the opportunity to expand their world. Learning in all domains — physical, social-emotional and cognitive — is the by-product of play that results when children are challenged, trusted, encouraged, supported, responded to and respected.
According to Early Years Learning Framework, p.15, Play provides opportunities for children to learn, as they discover, create, improvise and imagine. Children’s immersion in their play illustrates how play enables them to simply enjoy being.