Professional learning program orientation materials

Differentiated/Play based inquiry learning in the Early Years of Schooling

Welcome video by Prof. Andrea Nolan
Differentiated-Play: Welcome

Philosophies video by Assoc. Prof. Anne-Marie Morrissey
Differentiated-Play: Philosophies


There are four online modules:

  • Module 1 - available online now: Understanding play and play-based, inquiry learning approach
  • Module 2 – available online now: Planning and implementing a play-based, inquiry approach. 
  • Module 3 – available online now: Assessing learning through play. 

  • Module 4 –  available online now. Play and differentiated learning. 

Something to consider about the benefits of play as we look ahead:

This article was written for The Conversation to promote play as a vehicle for learning for young children. It outlines the academic and developmental learning outcomes that are linked to play-based approaches. Child-initiated and teacher supported learning are explained with examples provided, and a direct comparison between play-based learning and direct instruction is included.

As you read the article below, think about your own classroom practice. Is it more teacher directed…where does play-based learning feature…is there a balance between the two?

What are some practical considerations that emerge as a consequence of the reading?

You might like to think more about the benefits of play-based learning and how you can incorporate or build on this in your classroom.

Play-based learning can set your child up for success at school and beyond