Crawlers' beach helps kids learn through play at Early Start Discovery Space

Covering new ground: Aria Gross, 21 months, exploring the submarine at the Early Start Discovery Space's newest attraction, Crawlers' Beach. Picture: Sylvia Liber

Covering new ground: Aria Gross, 21 months, exploring the submarine at the Early Start Discovery Space's newest attraction, Crawlers' Beach. Picture: Sylvia Liber

Child’s play has a serious side at the Early Start Discovery Centre’s latest attraction.

While babies and infants are exploring the submarine, wriggling along the jetty and kicking back on the beach towels at Crawler’s beach; their physical, social and cognitive skills are also being enhanced.

Their playful antics are also teaching researchers at the University of Wollongong facility a thing or two about child development, says Early Start academic director Marc de Rosnay.

‘’The discovery space is not a laboratory, it’s a translational space,’’ he said.

‘’It allows us to start thinking about the richness of the child’s experience; so we can look at how we can build and design experiences that not only hit areas of learning and development but actually bring that to life in a way that’s fun and stimulating for the child.’’

The facility’s latest space has been specifically designed for newborns to two-year-olds.

Discovery space: Dr Cathrine Neilsen-Hewitt and Professor Marc de Rosnay at the new activity. Picture: Sylvia Liber

Discovery space: Dr Cathrine Neilsen-Hewitt and Professor Marc de Rosnay at the new activity. Picture: Sylvia Liber

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