In this Play! by Fafu ebook
Play and Children's Brain Development
What is Play?
Play has many different definitions for different people. It is important for parents and Early Years practitioners to understand the meaning and power of play so that they can ignite it and support it with the right environment and opportunities needed for evolved and open ended play.
The Brain Needs to Play
Early education is probably the most important level of education. It is the time in children's lives where they start building peer relationships and the foundation for the people they will become. It is also a vital time for brain development.
Is Modern Play Too Restrictive?
The advantages of play based learning are far greater than we may have anticipated when our society started to develop a fear of children playing in a manner that often results in a scrambled knee or a broken bone.
Taking Play Seriously
There are a lot of serious play supporters in the UK. Nurseries and preschools are filled with children and practitioners exploring free play in- and outdoors. It is quite magical!
We Are All Children: 3 Ways to Engage Your Practitioners in Play
Engaging practitioners and nurturing their inner child is a great way to build a play based culture in your nursery. Using silly open ended resources offers an opportunity to enjoy being child-like and see the world through children's perspectives. Adults are driven by the same desire to enjoy their work and build valuable relationships and using play based learning will offer opportunities for that in your setting.