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Your Early Years Guide to Schemas in Play

Young Children…

…A source of joy, wonder, and at times…exasperation!  Maybe you find yourself feeling that more often than you want to admit in public. Don’t worry, we have all been there. You are in a safe space now.

What if we told you that, those ‘troublesome’ behaviours that you might see in the learning space are not actually to be frowned upon, but instead to be celebrated?

What if we told you this was natural, intrinsically driven explorations through play?

What if you could support and extend these behaviours and they might lead to the magic of learning?

Would you believe us?

Let us take a minute or two to convince you otherwise…

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Our schemas in play overview offers a starting point for you to work from. It is designed for you to move through sequentially, but we know that you will want to revisit different parts at different times as you build your own understandings around schemas in play. No matter where you are in your own learning and teaching journey, this resource offers insights, inspirations and downloads which will help you to develop your practice with colleagues, parents and of course, right at the heart of it all, the child.

What questions will we answer?

  • What are schemas in play?
  • What are children learning through schematic play?
  • How do we support children’s schemas through play?
  • How can I improve interactions with children through play schemas?
  • How can I help parents understand their child’s play behaviours?

Who is this resource for?

  • Early years educators looking to deepen play-based learning in their settings.
  • Early childhood leaders looking to support their staff and grow their understandings of learning through play.
  • Early years administrators seeking for ways to develop parent partnerships through learning workshops and events.

Top tip💡: We designed this guide to be navigated sequentially. That being said, this is your inquiry so feel free to jump around to the sections you find most relevant to your context.

Disclaimer: This guide has been produced independently of and not endorsed by the IB. Toddle’s resources seek to encourage sharing of perspectives and innovative ideas for classroom teaching & learning. They are not intended to be replacements for official IB guides and publications. Views and opinions expressed by the authors of these resources are personal and should not be construed as official guidance by the IB. Please seek assistance from your school’s IB coordinator and/or refer to official IB documents before implementing ideas and strategies shared within these resources in your classroom.