- Our program offers a relaxed place your child can play and unwind from a busy day at school.
- A place where they are able to participate in the decision making process and make choices as to what they want to do in a safe and informal atmosphere.
- A place to participate in activities and experiences based on every child’s differing interests, abilities, backgrounds and cultures.
Because PLAY matters…
Children need to play to learn to:
Be adaptable, Construct knowledge, Problem solve, Create, Process emotions, Internalise experiences, Discover, Challenge themselves, Laugh and have fun, Learn to work together, Imagine, Learn to lead, Express ideas, Manage stress, Speak, Read, Write, Count, Develop an inquiring mind.
Types of play:
Active/Adventure play, Sensory play, Constructive Play, Deconstructive play, Dramatic/Imaginative play, Exploratory play, Manipulative play, Games with rules, Media and Technology, Excursions/Incursions, Clubs/Group Projects, Play rituals, Creative play, Collecting, Quiet/Solitary play.
My Time, Our Place
Approved Learning Framework for School Aged Children
Our program is designed to offer the children experiences and opportunities to develop in each of the 5 Outcome Areas for children.
Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity.
As children are developing their sense of identity, they explore different aspects of it (physical, social, emotional, spiritual, and cognitive), through their play and their relationships. When children feel safe, secure and supported, they grow in confidence to explore and learn.
Outcome 2: Children are connected with & contribute to their world.
Children’s connectedness and different ways of belonging with people, country and communities helps them to learn ways of being which reflect the values, traditions and practices of their families and communities. Over time, this learning transforms the ways they interact with others.
Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing.
A strong sense of wellbeing provides children with confidence and optimism, which maximises their potential. It encourages the development of children’s innate exploratory drive, a sense of agency and a desire to interact with others.
Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners.
Active involvement in play and leisure activities builds children’s understandings of concepts and the creative thinking and enquiry processes that are necessary for lifelong learning. Children can challenge and extend their own thinking and that of others, and create new knowledge in collaborative interactions and negotiations. Children’s active involvement changes what they know, can do and value, and transforms their opportunities.
Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators.
Children practice their skills and understandings, and use a range of tools and media to express themselves, connect with others and extend themselves. Through play and leisure activities, children experiment and gain confidence in using strategies such as music, dance, drama and various communication technologies to access information, and to convey ideas.
Nature Play QLD – www.natureplayqld.org.au