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  1. Standard 1: Family Centered Approaches
    3 Topics
  2. Standard 2: Family Support, Education and Referrals
    6 Topics
  3. Standard 3: Encourage Family Connection through Child-Led Play
    4 Topics
  4. Standard 4: Cultural Competency and Cultural Safety
    5 Topics
  5. Standard 5: Professional and Ethical Conduct
    5 Topics
  6. Standard 6: Early Learning and Play-Based Programming
    3 Topics
  7. Standard 7: Evaluation & Quality Improvement
    4 Topics
  8. Standard 8: Design, Function, Safety and Hygiene of Physical Environment
    7 Topics
  9. Standard 9: Partnerships and Collaboration
    5 Topics
  10. Standard 10: Governance
    4 Topics
  11. Standard 11: Planning, Administration and Information Management
    5 Topics
  12. Standard 12: Finance and Risk Management
    5 Topics
  13. Standard 13: Human Resources
    5 Topics
Lesson 6, Topic 2
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6.2 Play-Based Learning Encourages Free Play

John May 11, 2020
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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.