The Straits Times
Published on Nov 20, 2012

"Purposeful play" to be part of new kindergarten curriculum framework


The Education Ministry hopes to help preschools develop programmes that will strengthen the relationship between learning and play.

"Although many activities in preschools are labelled 'play', not all play experiences can be considered purposeful," said Ms Indranee Rajah, Senior Minister of State for Education and Law. "Purposeful play is not just any play. Besides being enjoyable, it allows children to make meaning out of their experiences."

Ms Rajah was speaking to kindergarten teachers at the fourth Kindergarten Learning Forum. The Ministry is currently updating the kindergarten curriculum framework and "purposeful play" will be part of the new curriculum.