I've got the Radio Times from a few weeks later and someone writes in to say the whole thing fascinated their kids because they happened to be moving house at the same time. It's true to say it was quite radical, or as radical as Play School can be, and certainly over the following weeks and months they toned down some of the bigger changes and some of the older presenters started appearing more regularly again. But it was at heart still good old Play School, and the like the final axing of the show in 1988, it was all done to move with the times and reflect the current thinking in pre-school education.
I suppose the Play School revamp could arguably seen as the prototype for many of it's spiritual successors, especially Playbus/Playdays, its replacement. It helped that many of the former presenters and crew went on to work for Felgate Productions on Playdays.
In a Radio Times article during the first week of Playdays, Anna Home and former Play School executive producer, Cynthia Felgate, explicitly said Playdays was taking the best bits of Play School and expanding upon it with new elements, as you said, here it is:
Strange to think Play School was and still is being produced by ABC in Australia to this day, after the original UK version got axed.
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