Little Red Hen
Centre for Early Childhood Care and Education
The Value of Play
Small World Play
Policies & Procedures
During a Free Play session the child is provided with materials and decides for themselves how, where, with whom, when and what to play. Materials which are made available include:
Children in a free play session
are made aware of where materials can be found. All toys are stored
on low easily-accessible shelves and children are free to play with whatever
materials they choose.
The role of the adults present
The child’s learning is
internally motivated and comes from the child’s own experimentation, creativity
and discovery. The learning may not be immediate but is over a period
of time. Learning in a Free Play
environment is progressive takes place in a “building” manner.
We find that gradually learning from one area begins to influence
play in other areas and children expand their own learning.