Play in ECE

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Outdoor play and why it’s important

An overview of the research on outdoor play and its many benefits and affordances for children’s learning, development and wellbeing.

How can I help children make the most out of outdoor play?

Strategies to help teachers in ECE settings support and promote children’s outdoor play and make the most of the many affordances of outdoor play, risky play and play in natural settings.

What is play and why is it important for learning?

An overview of the research on the importance of play for learning and development.

How to integrate play and teaching in early childhood education

A guide to incorporating different kinds of play in early childhood settings.

Supporting specific competencies through play

How to use play pedagogies to support the development of specific competencies in children in early childhood settings.

What role should I take in children’s play to best support learning?

Principles for aligning a teacher’s role in play activities with valued learning outcomes.



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