Some parents wonder, “What is my child learning if she is just playing all day?” This is a good opportunity for an educational nanny to explain that children’s play is their learning. It is proven that children digest more when they are interested and enjoying what they are doing. This is called play-based learning, when it is child-centered. Giving the child the opportunity to follow her own curiosity and interests allows the child to proactively develop skills based on her own interests.

What Does Play-Based Learning Look Like?

Children are encouraged to learn through various open-ended play areas of their own choosing. For example, there may be puzzles in one section of a playroom or classroom, a pretend play area with a kitchen and/or baby dolls, a comfy reading section, and perhaps a bin of cars next to a road carpet. The child may spend time in one section and choose to move to another at some point. The child is never forced to play where he or she does not want to. When a child plays where she wants to organically, she’ll spend more time focusing and learning on the specific subject. It is the job of a childcare expert or educational nanny to set up the environment to focus on a child’s current interests and developmental goals. You can learn more about this in the online nanny training, Encouraging Curiosity & Learning Through Play.

Building an Emergent Play Environment

Reggio Emilia is an early childhood philosophy that encourages wonder and self-discovery to promote the desire to explore. This philosophy of learning is the true definition of emergent, play-based learning. It is believed that the process of learning is just as important as the final product.​

An emergent curriculum or play environment is always changing because children’s interests are constantly changing. It is your job as a childcare provider to offer activities that not only link to the child’s interests, but also to the developmental skills he or she is currently practicing. You can do this by observing what the child already knows and noting what she is interested in. Then, you can create hands-on, play-based activities that include the topic of interest and emerging developmental skills.

What are the Benefits of Play-Based Learning?

Let the benefits of play-based learning impact your child by hiring a nanny to provide daily, educational activities for your little one. If you are searching for a nanny in CT, MA, RI, or NH please reach out to our award-winning nanny agency, here.

  • Children develop autonomy and independence by following their own interests.
  • Social development is improved by engaging with others of like-mindedness.
  • Creativity and imagination are allowed to grow in a fostering environment.
  • Problem solving and teamwork are wonderful outcomes of play-based learning.
  • Opportunities for cognitive development arise, such as learning cause and effect through inquisitiveness.

Hiring a professional nanny can go a long way in incorporating play-based learning into your child’s day. An educational nanny can incorporate age-appropriate curriculum into your child’s daily routine as well as manage the demands of an existing online learning platform. They will offer hands-on, interactive learning in the comfort of your own home. Boston Baby Nurse and Nanny can help you align with the perfect fit for your family. If you are looking to hire a nanny in CT, MA, RI, or NH reach out today at 781-444-4063.

About The Author

Nancy Infant Massage InstructorNancy M. has worked with children for over 25 years, with all ages and stages. She has been a Nursery/Pre-school teacher, an international and domestic travel as well as live-in Nanny, and House Manager. Nancy is an Advanced Newborn Care Expert, Certified Lactation Counselor, Postpartum Doula, and Certified Infant Massage Instructor. She is Mom to one daughter and volunteer foster Mom at her local animal shelter.