Play and Practice in the Early Years Foundation Stage

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Natalie Canning
SAGE, Nov 12, 2010 - Education - 200 pages
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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).

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Section 1 A Unique Child
3
1 Identifying Unique Qualities inPlay
7
2 Celebrating ChildrensPlay Choices
20
3 Including and Enabling AllChildren as Individuals
34
Section 2 Positive Relationships
47
4 The Role of Play in SupportingPositive Relationships
51
5 Parental Partnerships
63
8 Play Environments in Practice
105
9 Inspiring Environments forInspirational Play
117
Section 4 Learning and Development
129
Ways of Being in Action
133
11Creative Play forFlexible Learning
149
12 The need to measure play?
161
Conclusion
175
References
177

6 Making Connections betweenHome the Setting and KeyWorkers
75
Section 3 Enabling Environments
89
7 Exploring the Possibilities ofthe Play Environment
93

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About the author (2010)

Natalie Canning is a Lecturer in Education – Early Years at The Open University. Her background is in playwork and social work, particularly in supporting children to explore personal, social and emotional issues through play. She has published a number of articles relating to professional development and the early years and has presented at national and European conferences. Her main research is in the area of children’s empowerment in play and she is currently involved in research on developing children as autonomous learners. She has taught across a variety of Early Childhood undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

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