Play, for children, isn’t just recreation its their approach to life! Every action is undertaken with the whole being: mind, body, and spirit. Play is basic to wellbeing; its their way to discover the world, express themselves, and sometimes, cope with difficulty. Because of this, children’s play must be respected. This short course looks at how children play, and how adults can support them.
- You will gain an understanding of the play opportunities found in materials and nature, and the importance of a relaxed, no-pressure approach to time in open-ended play
- You will know how to support children using unit blocks and small-world play, and appreciate the positive effects this type of play can have on child development
- You will be introduced to the twelve features of play, as defined by Tina Bruce
- You will understand why children of all ages need abundant time for active free-flow play, and how adults can show the children they support that they respect this
- Electronic activities for children and their usefulness and relevance to child development will be explored, and questions will be asked about the long-term effects of such play
- You will be shown suggestions for ideas and activities for different types of play, as well as practitioner accounts of play activities they have initiated with the children they support
Advantages of this course
- A wealth of open-ended play can build a foundation of confidence that enables children to take responsibility and meet life with determination and joy. This short course will help you to create, lead, and reflect on play opportunities for children.
- With the increase in electronic activities being used for play, this course will consider their usefulness and relevance to child development. Ways to encourage children to play in more natural environments, and interact with peers will be considered.
- Reading texts, case studies, website and video resources are used to explore play in more detail and additional activities encourage you to reflect on your learning