Play Steps’ Play Pathways align with both the Australian Early Development Census Domains and Outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework.
Children need the opportunity to practice a range of skills including:
- Listening: paying attention/concentrating, following two-step directions
- Social skills: making friends, waiting, turn-taking and sharing
- Personal hygiene: independent toileting, washing hands
- Resilience: self-settling in unfamiliar environments and managing challenging situations.
Activities within the Play Steps program are designed to help children develop these skills and become independent and active learners.
“Play provides opportunities for children to learn as they discover, create, improvise and imagine. When children play with other children they create social groups, test out ideas, challenge each other’s thinking and build new understandings” (DEEWR, 2009, p. 15).
The Play Steps Play Pathways are outlined below: