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A Play-Based Preschool Program - setting your child up for success

July 3, 2024


“By providing a rich and stimulating environment, we ensure that children are ready for the academic challenges that lie ahead”

With over 84 years as one of Australia’s leading early childhood providers, we know a thing or two about what children need to thrive. We hear similar stories most days from our educators. Parents feel pressured to ensure their children can read and write before starting school, but did you know that research shows that play-based learning is far more effective for early development? And while government-funded preschools offer a standard approach, our play-based learning program stands out by providing a more personalised, engaging, and holistic experience – setting them up for future success!

At Gowrie NSW, we focus on developing essential skills through play-based learning, helping children grow emotionally, socially, and cognitively. In this article, we’ll explore how our approach prepares children for future success. Get ready to discover the magic of play-based learning and why Gowrie NSW is the best place for your child’s early education.


Understanding Play-Based Learning: What Makes It Special?

Play-based learning is at the heart of our preschool program at Gowrie NSW. But what exactly does that mean? Simply put, it’s learning through play. Children are naturally curious and eager to explore the world around them. By providing them with opportunities to play, we tap into their innate desire to learn. Whether it’s building with blocks, role-playing in the kitchen corner, or exploring nature in the garden, play-based learning turns everyday activities into powerful learning experiences. It’s all about making learning fun and meaningful, so children stay engaged and motivated.

Boosting Social Skills: The Power of Playful Interaction

Social skills are crucial for a child’s development, and our play-based approach is perfect for nurturing these abilities. Through group activities and collaborative play, children learn how to interact with others, share, and take turns. They build friendships and learn to understand and manage their emotions. At Gowrie NSW, we create a supportive environment where children feel safe to express themselves and explore different social roles. These early social interactions help children develop empathy, communication skills, and the ability to work as part of a team – all vital skills for future success.

Sparking Creativity and Imagination

One of the greatest gifts we can give our children is the freedom to be creative and use their imagination. At Gowrie NSW, we encourage children to think outside the box and come up with their own ideas. Whether it’s through arts, storytelling, or imaginative play, we provide plenty of opportunities for children to express themselves. This not only boosts their creativity but also helps them develop problem-solving skills and the ability to think critically. By fostering a love for creativity, we set the stage for lifelong innovation and adaptability.

Building a Strong Cognitive Foundation

Play-based learning is not just about having fun; it’s also a powerful way to build cognitive skills. Activities like puzzles, games, and building blocks help children develop critical thinking and problem-solving abilities. We integrate early literacy and numeracy skills into our play-based activities, making learning seamless and enjoyable. For example, sorting and counting games help children understand basic numeracy while storytelling sessions enhance language skills. By providing a rich and stimulating environment, we ensure that children are ready for the academic challenges that lie ahead.


Encouraging Physical Development Through Active Play

Physical activity is a vital part of our play-based preschool program. At Gowrie NSW, we believe that active play is essential for children’s overall development. From running and climbing to dancing and playing ball games, we offer a variety of activities that help children develop their gross motor skills. Fine motor skills are also nurtured through activities like drawing, cutting, and threading beads. Regular physical activity not only promotes physical health but also supports brain development and improves concentration and mood. We make sure children have plenty of opportunities to move and play every day.

Creating a Lifelong Love of Learning

At Gowrie NSW, our ultimate goal is to instil a lifelong love of learning in every child. By making learning fun and engaging, we help children develop a positive attitude towards education. They become curious, eager to explore, and confident in their abilities. Our play-based approach ensures that children see learning as an enjoyable and rewarding experience, setting the stage for continued success in school and beyond. We believe that when children love to learn, they’re more likely to achieve their full potential and lead happy, fulfilling lives.

The very best start in life

By choosing Gowrie NSW for your child’s early education, you’re giving them the best start in life. Our play-based preschool program not only prepares children for future academic success but also helps them develop essential social, emotional, and physical skills.

We’ve been around the block more than a few times…and we know how to make learning enjoyable and meaningful.

Don’t settle for a typical, one-size-fits-all preschool experience. Come and see for yourself why Gowrie NSW is the perfect place for your child to learn, grow, and thrive.

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