At Gateway, we recognise the importance of activity and play as a fundamental part of the process of learning. Play based learning promotes children’s personal development and helps develop positive attitudes to learning, Play also develops 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 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 encompass the breadth of the curriculum where possible. At Gateway, learning is integrated through a topic based approach and enables children to make appropriate connections. We place emphasis on the development of skills and capabilities for lifelong learning and for operating effectively in society. Working with others as part of a group fosters positive relationships and supports emotional well being.
For young children play is the way they learn best and of course it is fun!