Permission to Play

Provincial and territorial ministers of education (Council of Ministers of Education Canada, CMEC) have released a statement on the intrinsic value of play-based learning. The following bullets outline this pan-Canadian statement.

  • Learning through play is supported by science.
  • Learning through play is supported by experts.
  • Learning through play is supported by children and parents.
  • When children are playing, children are learning.

B.C.’s own Early Learning Framework was cited as part of the statement:

 In play, children represent and transform the world around them, providing other children and adults with a window into their thoughts and perceptions, and often helping adults to see the world in new ways.

(BC Early Learning Framework, 2008)

 Read the full  statement here.

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