As an example, when parents give their child a puzzle to do, it’s an opportunity to interact and have fun together. But for an early childhood educator, it’s an opportunity to work with children to explore educational concepts such as pattern-matching, problem-solving, numerical and mathematical concepts such as part/whole and shape, along with language skills too. Plus it’s a great opportunity to help children develop self-confidence and self-esteem at the same time. You see, play-based learning is purposeful and what we call ‘intentional’. Educators carefully and deliberately plan play based experiences to help children learn about educational concepts involved in literacy, numeracy, technology, social skills and more in a way that’s meaningful and enjoyable to them.