Woodwork at Tillys Play and Development Centre Greta

The children and educators at Tillys Greta have a strong interest in loose parts play - providing children with open ended materials that they can play with in any way they like. Loose parts can be moved, manipulated, assembled, disassembled, combined and re-invented in various ways and can be indoors or outdoors. Taking the lead for their play and development the children’s interest and curiosity has turned to our woodworking area, an extension of loose parts play. Absorbed in their work for long periods of time, the children are using real child size tools which include, hammers, saws, drills, files, screwdrivers and clamps. Whilst engaging in woodworking some skills the children use include scientific investigation, maths skills, physical development and coordination, creative thinking, developing language and vocabulary, enthusiasm, persistence, and working in groups negotiating and turn taking. The children are making a variety of items and they return to these to continue working on them when they feel like participating. Some children are working collaboratively together to make one thing, others are working on their own and some children are enjoying the opportunity to experience using the tools and working with the different size pieces of wood we have available. Our experiences with both loose parts and woodworking compliment the National Quality Standards and Early Years Learning Framework Outcomes, more specifically:

EYLF Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world
EYLF Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners
EYLF Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators

NQS QA1 Educational Program & Practice – 1.1.2: Each child’s current knowledge, ideas, culture, abilities and interests are the foundation of the program
NQS QA3 Physical Environment – 3.2: The environment is inclusive, promotes competence, independent exploration and learning through play
NQS QA5 Relationships with Children – 5.2.1: Each child is supported to work with, learn from and help others through collaborative learning opportunities.

Tomorrows possible engineers, architects, draftsperson, builders, scientists or designers may be among our curious, enthusiastic and knowledgeable woodworkers!