We take this motto seriously; it is the foundation of everything we do here. It has taken a long time for the efficacy of learning through play to be recognised, but there are now 40 years of research demonstrating that children learn better through play than by any other method.
One of the major studies was done by researchers Roberta Michnick Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, documented in a book entitled, “Einstein Never Used Flashcards.” Hirsh-Pasek and Golinkoff demonstrated that children learn more from play when adults join in. However, if the adults try to control or micromanage the play, it stifles cognitive development compared to when the adult follows the children’s lead.
We have found that a hybrid works best, in which our means of child care includes giving direction to your child, but we still allow them the freedom to determine further direction. In other words, both the adult and the children “share” the direction of play. That way, your children are allowed to fully express their creativity and maximise their cognitive development, all while having fun.
At Cuddles Childcare Centre in Perth, we provide the framework, while your child provides the imagination. We have designed a program that allows for many learning opportunities, including dancing, singing, cooking, painting, outdoor and sandpit play and building. This list is by no means all-inclusive and only scratches the surface of what we offer to your child.
Our qualified educators and Room Leaders supervise play but they give your child the freedom to learn and grow while doing so. While the Room Leader is definitely the leader, to the child it feels a lot more like they are playing with the Room Leader than for them.
The Room Leader actually role-models healthy and positive approaches to play. The objective is to guide play instead of dominating or dictating it. The environment is controlled by the toys and materials available to the child, which are designed to encourage discovery and exploration.
Call any Cuddles Childcare Centre in Perth to learn how the right learning environment can make a big difference in your child’s development.
St. James (08) 9358 4673
Carlisle (08) 9472 4702
Bertram (08) 9419 1844