At Gateway, we recognise the importance of activity and play-based learning as a fundamental part of the process of learning. Play-based learning promotes children’s personal development, positive attitudes and dispositions to learning, children’s thinking skills and personal capabilities, encourages creativity and imagination, and helps develop children’s curiosity and interest in the world around them. Hands-on learning also promotes physical skills and competence, enables children to communicate in a variety of ways and helps motivate children to develop literacy and numeracy skills in meaningful contexts.
We believe that children learn best when learning is connected. The experiences provided for our children during play and activity-based learning encompasses the breadth of the curriculum where possible. The learning is integrated through a topic-based approach and enables children to make appropriate connections. Emphasis is placed on the development of skills and capabilities for lifelong learning and for operating effectively in society. Working with others fosters positive relationships and supports emotional well being.
For young children, play is the way they learn best and, of course, it is fun!