Intentional teaching through play: birth to six years
Play-based learning has long been a means of facilitating teaching and learning in the early childhood years. The Walker Learning Approach, an Australian-designed, evidence-based play pedagogy, provides a solid base and foundation for intentional and responsive teaching in the early years. The program’s systems and practices support teams of early childhood educators in a consistent approach that ensures continuity and predictability for children, educators and families.
Early Childhood Play Matters provides guidance and many practical ideas on implementing the Walker Learning Approach within early childhood learning practices. Topics include intentional teaching, how to minimise time spent on planning and documentation while producing clinical and professional records, how to set up open-ended play learning experiences to promote skills, how to scaffold with intention and purpose for learning, how to communicate effectively as an educator and how to honour and build relationships with children and families.
Author(s): Shona Bass and Kathy Walker
Publisher: ACER Press, 2015