Inspire Learning Early

What is play-based learning?

Where we see our children’s curiosity go, we follow.
Play is how children organise and make sense of their social worlds by actively engaging with people, objects and scenarios. When our children are at play, our Educators observe them closely, listen to their conversations, interact and develop future lesson plans incorporating what our children show interest and curiosity in.
 
Inspiring growth through engaging content.
If our children’s imaginations are captured and they’re excited about a particular topic, this indicates it has personal meaning for them and they’re taking it all in.
 
Play-based learning in action
There may be lots of impassioned talk on the playground about insects or flowers, for instance. A science lesson or art class inspired by these subjects may follow where the children learn about the parts of a daisy or grasshopper – bringing core numeracy, literacy, problem solving and writing skills into the mix. All sparked by play!  

The Educator could lead the children in a group discussion about the topic, asking questions to get the children thinking and pondering new ideas.
 
The benefits
  • Literacy and numeracy naturally become a part of the way children think about things
  • Fosters a genuine passion for learning and the classroom
  • Positive feelings about learning carry through their school years
  • Encourages autonomy, critical thinking and self-confidence
  • Builds communication and reasoning skills
 
Intentional learning outcomes
From six weeks to eight years, children develop at their own pace – sometimes progressing rapidly, sometimes taking a backward step or two before surging forward again. There is no ‘normal’.
 
That said, our Educators set intentional learning outcomes for our Happy Healthy Learners. These are always front-of-mind but can be adjusted over time in response to observations and interactions.
 
There are ‘big picture’ goals for a group as a whole as well as ‘tailored objectives’ for particular children based on their strengths and weaknesses.
 
An intentional learning outcome for a group might be:

‘I intend to support these children as they learn to relate with others in a kind, respectful way’
​Or
‘I intend to guide these children as they grow in their awareness of the environment and learn about sustainable practices’ An intentional learning outcome for an individual may be:

‘I have observed that this child keeps to himself and blushes when he speaks. I intend to provide a caring environment and support him as he finds his voice.’
Or​
‘I have noticed that this child has started using numbers and letters in her artwork. I intend to show her how those symbols are used in real life in a way she can relate to.’Our Educators’ ‘intentions’ set the tone for planned and spontaneous interactions that pave the way for learning.'

Educators who practise intentional teaching use strategies such as:
  • modelling and demonstrating
  • open-ended questioning
  • engaging in shared thinking and problem-solving
 

Early Years Learning Framework

Belonging, being & becoming
The national Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) aims to extend and enrich children’s learning from birth until the transition to school. It has been developed by the Council of Australian Governments and is the gold standard for Sesame Lane early childhood Educators.
 
Drawing on conclusive evidence that early childhood is a vital period for learning and development, the EYLF assists our Educators in providing children in their care with opportunities to maximise their potential and inspire learning early.
 
Underpinning the EYLF is a view of children’s lives as characterised by belonging, being and becoming.
 
The Framework expresses the highest expectations for all children’s learning, communicated through 5 Learning Outcomes:
  1. Children have a strong sense of identity
  2. Children are connected with and contribute to their world
  3. Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
  4. Children are confident and involved learners
  5. Children are effective communicators.

Educating and caring for children is our passion! The children's well-being is foremost in all we do. From joining the Sesame Lane family, through every learning experience, to the day children move on to Prep, they never leave our care.