Literacy and Numeracy is incorporated throughout the curriculum and is integrated in all types of play. While incidental learning is an essential strategy in play-based learning, it is important to recognise that not all learning will happen in this way.
Incidental learning can be a powerful and effective method and is encouraged. However, if we want children to make important connections and to transfer knowledge and understanding between experiences, then we need to think beyond a purely incidental approach. This is particularly true for complex ideas such as those involved in literacy and numeracy. We want children to make important connections and to transfer knowledge and understanding between experiences.
This will involve spontaneous responses to children’s play where we take advantage of opportunities to talk about literacy and numeracy as they arise, as well as more carefully planned experiences that we have deliberately designed to introduce or extend an idea or concept.