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Play to Learn

Part of the series Early Years Workshop

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Early Years Workshop takes a look at how children learn through play and how practitioners can value and develop children's play.

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Presenter Sheila Sage investigates what can be learnt about children by watching them at play. She also looks at how a practitioner can best plan for, observe, support and extend children's play.

With guidance from Diane Rich of the Early Years Workshop team, this programme visits Astwood Bank First School, Redditch to see how they incorporate play into an average morning in their reception class. Head teacher Chris Rider and reception class teacher Jo Haynes place a high importance on allowing children to develop their own stories through their play.

With a storybook starting point, the children are then free to play in the role-play area, puppet theatre, science lab, or outdoors with the dressing up box. Chris finds some interesting play happening in the Bug Cafe whilst Jo observes a group of children as they explore the world of superheroes.


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    • dfletcher1 dfletcher1


      Re : Language Development
      24 January 2007 - 14:11

      I agree, the discussion after the play is so important. It gives status to the play and shows the children that adults genuinely value and are interested in what the children do. This in turn develops the children's feelings of competence and confidence. My only reservation was the size of the review group at the end - why not use all adults in the setting and allow the children to share with a smaller group so they have more opportunity to talk and spend less time waiting for their turn?