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Leave time for creative play, educator says

The current focus on literacy and numeracy outcomes could inhibit a child’s creativity, a Queensland-based early learning provider has said.

Sue Southey, co-director of Springwood Community Kindergarten, said increased pressure from parents for more formalised learning in early childhood has created an imbalance between achieving literacy and numeracy outcomes and facilitating creative play-based learning.

Speaking to Early Learning Review, Southey said this could inhibit children’s development, as research suggests play-based creative learning is essential.

“What we know from the research is that it’s important for children to be engaged in very active learning and play-based learning, because in that way their actually working from their own knowledge and their own experience,” Southey said. “They’re actually constructing their own ideas.”

Click below to hear more from Sue Southey. 

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