Early Childhood

Play as Learning

Play is the work of childhood” 

We are only fully a human being when we play

Our first form of learning is in early childhood when we still have a sense of being at one with the world. We learn about the world by imitating what we see, and we process our learning through play. As Piaget put it, play is the work of childhood.

Our playgroups, preschools and kindergartens offer a warm and nurturing environment of rhythm, stories, craft and self-directed, creative play which is the “heart” of childhood. When playing, a child turns one thing into another (a chair becomes a fire engine or a space ship) and the world becomes open to infinite possibilities.

If fostered in a rich learning environment in early childhood, self directed play can open a door to lifelong creativity.

For more information on Steiner Early Childhood services and programs, visit the website of the Australian Association for Rudolf Steiner Early Childhood Education.