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Communicating the Value of Play-Based Learning

Q: The College’s Practice Note on Play-Based Learning supported my understanding of the importance of it, but how can I communicate the value of play-based learning to families and colleagues?

Standard II in the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice says that, “RECEs use appropriate and effective communication strategies to share information with families regarding children’s development and learning” (C.7). By engaging in intentional, thoughtful and well-informed discussions related to the significance of play-based learning, you may become more comfortable communicating how valuable it is for children’s learning. Below are some strategies to support you in your practice.

 Prepare:

  1. Get comfortable with the concepts of play-based learning.
    • Become familiar with current provincial curriculum documents
  2. Review information available at your workplace that can support your communication with families and colleagues.
    • What resources are available?
    • What is practised?
    • What policies are in place?
    • Whom can you share ideas with?
  3. Seek out other professionals who are involved in deepening their understanding about play-based learning and are exploring ways to discuss it with others.
    • Form or join a community of practice.

Communicate:

Demonstrate:

By making children’s learning visible and including children in discussions with others in the environment, their enthusiasm is bound to express the value of play-based learning and the positive impact that it can have on their overall well-being.

Displaying pedagogical documentation may spark discussions with children, families and colleagues and assist you in co-planning and implementing a play-based curriculum that supports children’s desire to explore and learn (Standard II: C. 1; C.2).

Put it into Practice:

  1. Stay connected to your communities of practice.
  2. Invite colleagues to engage in ongoing discussions about play-based learning and how it is being communicated to parents.
  3. Bring the Practice Note: Play-Based Learning to your next staff or educator team meeting and discuss it together.

For more information review the Practice Note on Play-Based Learning.

Practice Matters features questions regarding the College and the early childhood education profession. The College’s Director of Professional Practice, Melanie Dixon RECE, and the Professional Practice team address issues that members face and apply the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice to various situations.

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