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Play and exploration: Early learning program guide

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Ministry of Education, Government of Saskatchewan
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Publication Date: 
1 Apr 2008
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The Early Learning Program Guide is an important part of Saskatchewan's early childhood development initiatives. The Guide affirms the importance of high quality experiences for all Saskatchewan children during their preschool years � three to five years of age.

The Guide draws on knowledge gained from early childhood education research, examples from successful practice of early childhood educators and understandings passed on through community culture, values and beliefs.

Young children experience learning through play and exploration in a variety of settings including the home, child care, prekindergarten, preschool and other early childhood programs. High quality programs engage children and their families in the planning and delivery of a healthy, safe, culturally sensitive and stimulating program that promotes children's abilities and interests. The intention is that all programs will reflect the vision, principles and quality elements described in the Guide; however, children, families, educators and community context will affect how a particular program looks and feels.

The aim of this guide is to promote high quality, age-appropriate, play-based learning experiences for three-, four- and five-year-old children in a variety of settings.