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Supporting children's learning

Children learn best when they are happy, feel safe and have interesting things to see and do.

How children learn

All children are naturally curious, full of ideas and keen to learn about the world around them.

They learn by watching, listening, asking, talking, having time to think, trying and doing new things, and watching the responses of the people around them.

Play is also a powerful and natural way for children to learn. Through play children develop physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively (intelligence). Play involves climbing, making cubby houses, dressing up, pretending, dancing, writing, counting, doing puzzles… and so much more!

How you can support children as they develop and learn

There is no need to formally ‘plan’ for learning at home – it happens naturally through simple activities, experiences, games and reading that you share with children each day.

Family outings are also a great way for children to learn and explore. Check your local council or newspaper for fun and educational recreation programs and activities.

A healthy and active lifestyle is essential

Research shows that eating well and being active is critical to children’s health and wellbeing. They also have a direct impact on children’s performance at school.