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Play and Practice in the Early Years Foundation Stage

Play and Practice in the Early Years Foundation Stage

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December 2010 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Play is an underlying theme of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) but it is often a challenge for practitioners to provide a play based curriculum. This book investigates the values and beliefs that underpin play and demonstrates through case studies how play opportunities can be observed, planned and assessed in a meaningful context for the child.

Organized into four sections that mirror the EYFS, this book takes you through the curriculum framework demonstrating how play underpins each of these principles and is the common thread that links them together.

Chapters include:
  • celebrating children's play choices
  • ways to work with parents
  • inspiring environments for inspirational play
  • the role of play in supporting key relationships
  • creative play for flexible learning
Incorporating the voices of Early Years practitioners, this book takes the unique approach of analysing the academic theory, showing how this can be put into practice and then suggesting activities to facilitate reflective practice and professional development.

Useful to all those studying on any Early Years course, the book is particularly relevant to those leading practice in early years settings and those working towards Early Years Professional Status (EYPS).

Natalie Canning
Natalie Canning
Case Study: Playing with Cardboard Boxes
Natalie Canning
Identifying Unique Qualities in Play
Natalie Canning
Celebrating Children's Play Choices
Mandy Andrews
Including and Enabling All Children as Individuals
Rosie Walker
Case Study: Play and Family Support in a Children's Centre
Mandy Andrews
The Role of Play in Supporting Positive Relationships
Michael Reed and Rosie Walker
Parental Partnerships
Sue Callan with Carole Ellis and Helen Richards
Making Connections between Home, the Setting and Key Workers
Natalie Canning
Case Study: Using Indoor and Outdoor Spaces
Natalie Canning
Exploring the Possibilities of the Play Environment
Natalie Canning
Play Environments in Practice
Natalie Canning
Inspiring Environments for Inspirational Play
Natalie Canning
Case Study: Going to the Moon
Karen Appleby
Playing and Learning: Ways of Being in Action
Natalie Canning
Creative Play for Flexible Learning
Natalie Canning
The Need to Measure Play?
Natalie Canning

Provides clear guidelines on the value of play and will be recommending this book to students studying the CACHE Diploma so that they can complete their externally marked Research Task. Will also be requesting copies for college library.

Mrs Beverley Owen-jones
May 14, 2013

The book by highly recommended by two of my colleagues. I found the book easy to read. It explains the importance of teaching children through play and it gives explanation of many aspect of the current practice in Early Years.

Mrs Svetlana Shivacheva
University Centre Croydon, Croydon College
February 12, 2013

links to criteria. very informative

Mrs Paula Willis
School of Health Studies, Darlington College
October 10, 2012

Very useful resources for Year 1 studenst how are exploring learning theories and learning opportunities (through play) for young children

Ms Kyara Cuningham-Rojas
Education Studies, Croydon College
June 29, 2012

This book has been recommend for the level 3 course.

Mrs Ellen Smallbones
Care and Early Years, Tresham Institute
June 13, 2012

Great resource to use when referring to the EYFS. Especially good for small group work when referring to the EYFS pack.

Mrs Sharon Lock
Comm, Adult Education Centre
May 21, 2012

A good, easy read that covers familiar aspects, easing students in gradually

Mrs Anita Williams
Please select your department, Swindon College
May 10, 2012

This book supports the topics of play and learning in Early Years and can be used by all levels and it also refers to practice examples.
I feel it is a book for further reading rather than a 'must' read.

Mrs Keris Batley
Health, Care and Teacher Training, UCY/Yeovil College
November 14, 2011

This book will appeal to students as it discusses the imortance of play in the early years through case studies and offering questions to consider. It will encourage students to reflect on their own practice and develop and deepen their own thinking on the value of play in the early years. I also liked the summary after each chapter. I am sure students will find this book a refreshing change and one that they can connect with.

Mrs Jackie Braithwaite
East Cheshire Business School, Macclesfield College
August 10, 2011

Selected as supplemental because it only covers an aspect of my course and so does not offer students comprehensive coverage of the other concepts covered in the course. However, students are able to select the EYFS and Play as a focus for one of their assignments so I will be recommending this test to those students who are interested in this area.

Joanne McNulty
Dept of Education, Liverpool Hope University
July 7, 2011

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