The key features of an effective play based learning environment are that children able to play uninterrupted for long periods of time and are able to choose from a range of resources and areas, letting them choose activities on their own accord. Children are able to develop a wide variety of skills by having lots of various resources to choose from. 2.5 Explain why both adult initiated and child initiated play and learning activities are important for children from birth to five years In an Early Years setting we allow children to participate in child initiated play. By allowing children to choose which resources they would like to play with let’s them explore their favourite type of activity, and have a sense of independence.
Due to this what could take place instead is for the early years practitioner to gather other resources for the children to use for the activity or to just to begin a different activity for the children to join in with. Staffing can become a barrier too. When playing with children it is important that at least another adult is in the room with you. If not then it could potentially have an impact on you completing the activity. If a child has a disability or
It is important that children are able to receive holistic care while in a play environment, both inside and outside. Some of the principles which would apply to both indoor and outdoor play include a child centred practice, ensuring the child 's welfare and safety, promoting a child 's rights, and enabling a child to reach their full potential. It is important that we provide a child centred practice, as it promotes a child 's learning and development through play. By having a child centred approach, we should support the children giving them guidance, but to allow the opportunities for them to learn independently, instead of taking over an activity and showing them. It encourages us as practitioners, to encourage children to explore and to make their own
Throughout play adults can support children in various ways for example by looking at their interests while playing and also recognising their needs. While watching the children adults look at various tips to understand each child individually. Firstly they look at whether the child is interested in the play for example looking at whether they seem ‘away with the fairies or engaged’. This is important for a child to improve throughout their child hood.
It is a requirement of the EYFS for children to spend time both in and outside. The outside has been given a lot of attention over the past few years, as it is now recognised to be both an effective environment in which to learn, and a healthy one in which children can exercise. Being and playing outside has a positive impact on a child’s wellbeing and helps and influences all aspects of a child’s development. Being outside gives children an opportunity to do things in a different way and on a different scale. E.g. experiencing the differing seasons and its weather.
Through child – initiated activities children are able to explore their own ideas, play with resources and use their imagination and creativity. At Parkhill there is always time for child initiated play. Within this time there are activities set out for all the areas of development. The children have an hour to choose an activity they would like to do. They can move to different activities.
* Play exercises no pressure on the children to conform to rules, goals, tasks or to take precise directions but instead involves being imaginative, creative, original and innovative. * Play can be solitary or can be with other children, can be initiated by children or adults and is more enjoyable with the use of their personal experiences. * Play is about the children basking in their ideas, feelings, and relationships and having an awareness of what they
“Nevertheless kids still want to be kids in their own way, and although they are generally willing to follow adult prescriptions, they also inhabit an independent, underground culture of self-devised play. And thus the two main continuities in children’s play are the quest for autonomy and the demonstration of creativity.”(pg 5) A sense of autonomy is the ability for a child
According to the Sensory Play Research project launched in May 2009, 82 per cent of adults feel that children’s play has changed. Children are playing less outside and more with plastic and manufactured toys. Yet, this is at odds with the fact that 68 per cent of adults’ most vivid childhood memories involved sensory play outdoors. Making mud pies, rose petal perfume, building dens and jumping in puddles were just some of the sensory-rich recollections to emerge (Gascoyne, 2011). There is a vast amount of literature surrounding the use of sensory play and how it is utilised within a pre-school setting by Early Years practitioners and for children with special educational needs (SEN).
Indeed, it has been proven that free play has more advantages than disadvantages. Furthermore, free play for young children establishes positive cognitive and emotional behavior. In addition, the theory of free play is recognized and recommended by many historical educators. The goal of this paper is to outline and explain why free play is vital for children in a preschool environment.
I strongly believe that children learn as they purposefully play. During this time, I will scaffold my students by asking them open-ended and/or challenging questions. I will provide my students resources to help them answer these questions. I want to teach and encourage my students how to make decisions, therefore, I will allow them to choose the center they want to go to and/or activity they want to do during play time. Doing so, will help my future students and myself discover what they enjoy and what they don’t like at all.
It’s important to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of an area, in addition not just setting up areas for children in order to improve their play and extend their development, we also need to consider how well the areas are working in respect of the following: •Extending children’s learning and development •Encouraging high expectations of their achievements This is important because one of the statutory requirements of the EYFS is that every provider must ensure that they created an ‘enjoyable and challenging’ learning and development experience which meets every child’s needs. The extending children’s learning and development - means looking at how children are using play opportunities and considering whether they are sufficient
This is supported by http://www.nct.org.uk (accessed 12/02/2018), which states that "This is important as ... children learn and gain experience through all their senses". It was the staggering amount of benefits that outdoor play had, that has made me realise the importance, and how it will be important to encourage other professionals to use outdoor play more during lessons. It has also made me think about how researching other theorists about play can help me develop my own practice for the future. By researching other theorists, I can get an understanding of what outdoor equipment would benefit the children within my care, which would then mean their play and development is more effective. Through researching the importance of outdoor play on child 's play, I have come to appreciate how significant it is on a child 's play and learning.
A child needs to be able to explore something thorough so they can gain an idea of what the material is from. They are analyzing data that they gain through exploration about the texture, amount, size, and thickness. Children are gaining new information through their play. Play provides children to develop skills that are helpful in the future, such as decision-making, observation, problem-solving, and information gathering. They gain an idea on how to interact, cooperate, and communicate with other children through play.
Children are able to develop and practise motor skills and bodily movements through physical plays. During some cognitive games, such as board games and educational toys, children can improve their mental fitness and brain function. Play also provides opportunities for children to make friends, to negotiate with others, and to develop their communication skills. It helps extend language and improve children’s social ability. I believed that play is essential to children’s education that cannot be minimized and separated from learning.