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Play and Practice in the Early Years Foundation Stage - Natalie Canning

Play and Practice in the Early Years Foundation Stage

By: Natalie Canning (Editor)

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Play is an underlying theme of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) but it is often a challenge for practitioners to provide a play based curriculum. This book investigates the values and beliefs that underpin play and demonstrates through case studies how play opportunities can be observed, planned and assessed in a meaningful context for the child.

Organized into four sections that mirror the EYFS, this book takes you through the curriculum framework demonstrating how play underpins each of these principles and is the common thread that links them together.

Chapters include:

- celebrating children's play choices

- ways to work with parents

- inspiring environments for inspirational play

- the role of play in supporting key relationships

- creative play for flexible learning

Incorporating the voices of Early Years practitioners, this book takes the unique approach of analysing the academic theory, showing how this can be put into practice and then suggesting activities to facilitate reflective practice and professional development.

Useful to all those studying on any Early Years course, the book is particularly relevant to those leading practice in early years settings and those working towards Early Years Professional Status (EYPS).

'This book is a well conceived, carefully formulated, coherent and cohesive treatise on different aspects of playful pedagogy. Using the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) as a focus, it challenges practitioners to question the EYFS, but is realistic about the need for practitioners to put play into their practice. Full of useful, practical and theoretical scaffolding for practitioners who want to (and should) play more with children, it covers all the major areas of play' - Professor Emeritus Janet Moyles, Early Years & Play Consultant

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Case Studiesp. ix
About the Editor and Contributorsp. xi
List of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) activitiesp. xv
List of Tables and Figuresp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
A Unique Childp. 3
Case Study: Playing with cardboard boxesp. 4
Identifying unique qualities in playp. 7
Celebrating children's play choicesp. 20
Including and enabling all children as individualsp. 34
Positive Relationshipsp. 47
Case Study: Play and family support in a children's centrep. 48
The role of play in supporting positive relationshipsp. 51
Parental partnershipsp. 63
Making connections between home, the setting and key workersp. 75
Enabling Environmentsp. 89
Case Study: Using indoor and outdoor spacesp. 90
Exploring the possibilities of the play environmentp. 93
Play environments in practicep. 105
Inspiring environments for inspirational playp. 117
Learning and Developmentp. 129
Case Study: Going to the moonp. 130
Playing and learning: ways of being in actionp. 133
Creative play for flexible learningp. 149
The need to measure play?p. 161
Conclusionp. 175
Referencesp. 177
Indexp. 185
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ISBN: 9781848609976
ISBN-10: 1848609973
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 30th November 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 18.3  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.36

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