Lesson 6, Section 2
6.2 Play-Based Learning Encourages Free Play
FRP offers child directed play-based learning opportunities that encourage developmentally appropriate free play.
Benchmark Quality Indicators
- Variety of age appropriate quality toys and resources and activities are accessible.
- The environment has child-oriented features:
- Grouped age appropriate toys and equipment for the ages and stages of child development
- Child sized tables and chairs
- The outdoor area is safe with outdoor age appropriate toys and equipment.
- FRP ensures the free play sessions are safe and peaceful.
Innovation and Promising Practices
- FRP communicates to parents the importance of free play and provides spaces for parents to interact with their children as staff model to parents how to facilitate free play.
- FRP intentionally designs the environment to promote play-based learning in a number of areas of development.
- FRP intentionally designs the environment to promote play-based learning in all areas of learning.
- FRP designs curriculum to encourage children to explore body movement, music, drama, paint, etc.
- FRP allows undirected play time in the curriculum.
- FRP staff offer parent education on ways to be successful in child’s free play time.