Early Years Play is …

It would be hard to overstate the importance of brilliant early years practitioners when using play to support children’s learning and development. Early years play is …

* carefully structured to ensure conceptual development in all areas of the curriculum;

* imaginatively resourced to ensure that learning opportunities are maximised (you should see our cupboard!);

* timed to perfection (this really matters with small children), so that there is group time, free time, busy time, quiet time and, of course, story time;

* focused on language and conceptual development through the use of talk and sustained shared thinking;

* guided and structured through the use of routines, timings and patterns;

* child initiated, adult initiated and adult directed as appropriate;

* focused on social and emotional development, and independent skills such as toileting, dressing and sharing;

* highly personalised, with the use of key workers, next steps, learning journeys and home visits (we use a ratio of at least one adult to five children);

* a way of identifying any special needs at an early point, and intervening as needed;

* often done outdoors, so that children learn about the natural world, use all their senses, build strength and find out how to calm themselves;

* intensely creative, with the use of provocations, pretending and masses of glitter;

* a thing of beauty, wonder, love and sensitivity.

I’ve got to get back to playing with my family now. But I just wanted to say that, thanks to some brilliant early years practitioners, this is what learning through play actually looks like, at our modest, local and resolutely child centred preschool.

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5 Responses to Early Years Play is …

  1. bt0558 says:

    You need to get a grip on reality girl………teacher talk and rows, forget all that rousseaian nonsense.If you carry on like this, where will we get the accountants from?

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  2. bt0558 says:

    Should have been Rousseauian i think.:-(

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