Wilson McCaskill 'Play is the Way'

A prominent part of the curriculum at Chelsea Heights Primary School is the implementation of Wilson McCaskill’s ‘Play is the Way’ program. ‘Play is the Way’ is a practical methodology for teaching social and emotional learning using guided play, classroom activities and a specific and empowering language which is embedded across all levels of our school.

We strongly believe that the program supports our students by developing the fundamental skills for life effectiveness. Teaching the skills we all need to handle ourselves, our relationships, and our work effectively and ethically.  These skills include recognising and managing our emotions, developing caring concern for others, establishing positive relationships, making responsible decisions, and handling challenging situations constructively. They are the skills that allow children to calm themselves when angry, make friends, resolve conflicts respectfully, and make strong and safe choices.

The ‘Play is the Way’ philosophy consists of behavior education and student self-regulation that fosters independent, self-motivated, empathetic, lifelong learners. This philosophy revolves around the Self-Mastery Checklist and the following 5 key concepts:

  • Treat others as you would like them to treat you.
  • Be brave – Participate to progress.
  • Pursue your personal best no matter who you work with.
  • Have reasons for the things you say and do.
  • It takes great strength to be sensible.


For further information and recommended reading for parents, please visit the ‘Play is the Way’ website at https://www.playistheway.com.au



CHPS Staff Participating in 'Play is the Way' PD January 2013


'Play is the Way' Parent Information Booklet