The Importance of Play Based Learning
The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) plays a key role in the development and frequent revision of the Billy’s Buddies Program.
As an overview, the EYLF is made up of 3 integrated ideas that stand together to form an approach to child education and development. These ideas, Being Belonging and Becoming are built on learning outcomes, principles and practices.
The most widespread practice of the EYLF is ‘learning through play’ and, as a children’s sporting program, it is obvious that Billy’s Buddies promotes play-based learning. The tricky part to this is that play can be defined in many ways.
If I asked each of our Coaches, Buddies and their families to define play in less than 5 words, I can almost guarantee that each answer will be slightly different. This is because play means different things to different people.
The EYLF identifies play as ‘a context for learning through which children organise and make sense of their social worlds, as they engage actively with people, objects and representations’ (ELYF, 2009, p.46).