- Early childhood education -- Curricula
- McGraw-Hill/Open University Press,
- 0335240941 (pbk.) :
- 9780335240944 (pbk.)
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- Previous ed.: Maidenhead: Open University Press, 2005.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Foreword. Introduction. PART 1: Setting the play context. Play and legislated curriculum: Back to basics - an alternative view. Work or play: How children learn to read the signals about activity type in today's early years provision. Permission to play. Hunting and gathering: How play helps us to let in, as well as to get in, information about the environment. PART 2: Play, language and literacy. Playing or having fun? Dilemmas in early literacy. Play beyond the Foundation Stage: storytelling, creative writing and self-regulation in able 6-7 year olds. Children's fantasy role play - why adults should join in. PART 3: Play and curriculum. Art in the early years. Playing music. Science and play. Mathematics and play. Forest School: Playing on the wild side. PART 4: Play, pedagogy and culture in early education. The developmental and therapeutic value of children's play: Re-establishing teachers as play professionals.. Building friendships through playful learning in the early years. Personalising transitions: How play can help 'newly arrived children' settle into school. Play in the early years: The influence of cultural difference. Play and the achievement of potential. Play, the universe and everything! Afterword
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