The Importance Of Play In Early Childhood Education

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In this contemporary setting, with the rapid development and progress of society, the members of the public have an increasing positive understanding and identity of education especially on infants and young children’s early childhood education. Thus the importance of play during children’s growth and development has been universally acknowledged, as “play is probably one of the most important elements of childhood.” (Bruce, Meggitt, & Grenier, 2010, p. 350). In this context, this paper will focus on why play is a framework for learning in early childhood education in Aotearoa New Zealand, and two theoretical perspectives covered in the course GD402 will be utilized to support my opinion.
First of all, although play plays a pivotal role in early childhood education, “it may be difficult to understand that play in the early years directly relates to learning” (Friedman, L., 2011, p. 97). So as an adult, we must first recognize through children’s play, they will gain the chance to not only fully recognize themselves, but also recognize the individuals around them and the whole nature they are being in, therefore they will achieve the holistic development of physical, cognitive and social skills. Take toddlers and young children as an example, “They use play opportunities, talking about and trying out ideas with others, and their imaginations to explore their own and others’ cultures and identities.” (Ministry of Education, 2017, p. 15)
So as the first theoretical
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