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Chapter 3: Learning everywhere

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Children are learning everywhere, every day.

From their first moments, children are learning, experiencing the world through their senses and interacting with the important people in their lives. 

It is these important people who show children how to communicate with others.

When children play they have fun. They also build physical, cultural, social and emotional skills, and discover more about themselves, others and the environment they live in.

We are a diverse state with natural and built environments: from the outback to the rainforest, rivers and the sea. We live in remote areas, regional towns and large cities, all areas with rich cultural heritage.

Wherever families live, it is important for children to play, explore and learn—at home and in the wider world.

What does this look like?

Play is essential for learning.

Everyday experiences like shopping, cleaning or gardening are opportunities for children to play and learn.

Positive communication builds brains.

Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, you can share conversations, stories and songs with children.

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Last updated 29 July 2020