This post is sponsored by Guardian Early Learning Group

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At Guardian Early Learning Centres, children are provided with a wide range of resources and materials to inspire their learning and development.

We place a focus on using open-ended resources such as natural, repurposed and recycled materials which encourage creativity, problem-solving, critical thinking and physical development.


“Loose parts” are materials with varied properties that can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up, and taken apart and put back together in multiple ways. Educators support children in discovering the potentialities and aid in developing respect for the materials and resources, depending on a child’s own developmental level and age.


Some of our favourite loose parts are stones, fabric, twigs, balls, buckets, shells, crystals, seedpods, empty film canisters, pipes, boxes, googly eyes, fabric scraps, pegs, dry pasta, old gadgets and more!


These are some of the skills children build when exploring loose parts;

  • Concentration
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Fine motor development
  • Gross motor development
  • Language and vocabulary building
  • Social/emotional development
  • Mathematical thinking; counting, comparing, contrasting, measuring
  • Scientific thinking; testing theories and ideas, problem-solving
  • Literacy; children start to make their initial or name out of loose parts materials


All of our Centres are custom-designed to nurture the physical, emotional, cognitive and social interests of young children at all developmental levels. In line with our unique early education approach, our centres promote interaction with natural materials, free access between indoor and outdoor spaces and optimise meaningful play opportunities for learning development.  Read more about Guardian’s environments and resources here.


Bring your children to Guardian’s stall at the Sydney Fair to participate in the loose parts experience which demonstrates Guardian’s play-based learning philosophy.