The Value of Play


The curriculum at Once Upon a Time is strongly focused on child-initiated play. The critical role of imaginative free play, for learning in young children, has been well established in scientific research. It has shown that children who engage in complex forms of socio-dramatic play have greater language and social skills, more empathy, imagination, and subtle capacity to know what others mean. They are also less aggressive and show more self-control and higher levels of thinking.

Once Upon a Time’s environment encourages children to initiate play and learn by freely exploring the world around them. Our rooms and outdoors areas are rich with materials, household items and playthings that stimulate the imagination and create settings for social interaction, role play, imitation and creative expression.

Our unique ‘Junkyard’ has become a haven in which children create their own imaginary worlds, structures and adventures.

Further Reading

Waldorf Library –

Steiner Education Australia –

Rudolf Steiner Book Centre Sydney –

Steiner E.Childhood Education –