The benefits of play are recognized by the scientific community. There is now evidence that neural pathways in children’s brains are influenced and advanced in their development through exploration, thinking skills, problem solving, and language expression that occur during play.
Research also demonstrates that play-based learning leads to greater social, emotional, and academic success. Play based learning does not separate play from learning but brings them together to promote creativity in future generations. In fact, play is considered to be so essential to healthy development that the United Nations has recognized it as a specific right for all children.
This gives opportunities for children to develop a sense of the world around them through inquiry, exploration, interaction and problem solving.
They bring their language , customs and culture into the classroom as their classmates and teachers through play. Children engage in making meaning of the world, the children working out their ideas, is the heart of learning in all subjects. Educators use their professional knowledge inquiry with the children - that is to support children's learning through play, using creativity and academic work can help develop confidence, social and cognitive skills in engaging in new experiences and environments.