Play-based learning aligns with the developmental-relational approach. Play is fundamental to a child’s complete development and learning. Play acknowledges that emotions and their expression play a key role in social emotional development.

Structure exists, but the focus is on play and socialization rather than academics. Lessons are carried out through play-based activities that are rooted in basic social skills like sharing, taking turns, self-control, making friends, following instructions and getting along with others.

Alberta’s Early Learning and Care Framework endorses play-based learning.