Child-Directed

Guided Play

Play is a vehicle through which learning occurs. It refers to play in a structured environment around a general curricular goal that is designed to stimulate children’s natural curiosity, exploration, and play with learning-oriented materials.

In guided play, learning remains child-directed. Children learn targeted information through exploration of a well-designed and structured environment…and through the support of adults who ask open-ended questions to gently guide the child’s exploration.

Lots of Leeway in Curriculum Shaping

There may be no explicit curriculum for the Core Early Childhood Curriculum in Finland, but there is a form of “meta-curriculum” with less measurable concepts such as learning through play, free discovery, collaboration, interaction, own initiative, concentration, and learning to take responsibility for one’s own actions, at its core. It emphasizes the so-called soft skills of balanced growth.

The intellectual and cognitive benefits of Joy-Based Learning have been well documented.

Social Competence

Children can build relationships, learn to resolve conflicts, negotiate and regulate their behaviours. In play, children usually have increased feelings of success and optimism as they act as their own agents and make their own choices.

Elegant Design

They build, imagine, create, and experiment. They use their whole body to interact with the environment. They become agents of their own learning who seek to make sense of the real world, creating their own working theories about the environment around them.

Elegant Design

Children at play learn the value of taking a risk; making mistakes and applying a trial and error approach to learning. They set their own goals and establish their own end-point. Through play, children make connections, make discoveries, and make choices based on their own interests, needs, and strengths.

Super Fresh

Playing is linked to the development of resilience and the beginnings of empathy as children begin to understand other points of view.

Learning By Doing

Many of our activities are experiential and kinaesthetic or ‘hands on’. We help sustain their ability to imagine, play, and visualise in many of our activities. The dispositions for learning, such as curiosity, openness, optimism, resilience, concentration, and creativity are developed in play.

Learning By Doing

well-developed memory skills, language development, and are able to regulate their behaviour, leading to enhanced school adjustment and academic learning

Receive & ”Play is the purest, most spiritual activity of man…
It gives joy, freedom, contentment, inner and outer rest, and peace with the world…