Young children are naturally inquisitive, full of questions about the world around them and the drive to investigate how things work. It follows, therefore, that we should take advantage of this innate curiosity and start channelling their enthusiasm for scientific discovery as early on as possible.
Providing opportunities for scientific discovery in early years settings is beneficial to young children in several ways:
- It can foster a lifelong love of science
- It gives a basic grounding in scientific concepts and scientific thinking
- It supports the development of other skills and attributes
We believe that the process is more important than the results and therefore we applaud child-led discoveries through active, fun, hands on experiments.