Play is the highest form of research – Albert Einstein


Educators know that purposeful play-based learning sets the stage for future learning and helps to ensure the health and well-being of children. Experts in the field of brain research are telling us that the neural pathways in the brains of our youngest learners are shaped and advanced through exploration, problem-solving and language use that occurs during during play.

The other day, I received a series of photos from Nanoose Bay Elementary teacher Brenda McConachie  who had her young kindergarten charges actively in engaged in a learning experience as budding medical practitioners. Chief among their patients was principal Tandy Gunn. It was clear from the photos that she was being poked, prodded, measured and assessed by a very energetic and thorough group of doctors in training.

The BC Early Learning Framework shines a light on play as a means that children, ‘Represent and transform the world around them while providing other children and adults with a window into their thoughts and perceptions.’

What I saw in the pictures from Ms. McConachie’s class and what I see as I visit the classrooms around our district filled with our youngest learners is the curiosity, passion and engagement that comes with play-based approaches to learning.


Rollie Koop

Superintendent of Schools