By exploring the key issues, arguments and messages that exist in the field, Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Early Childhood provides an international, comparative look at aspects of early childhood education and care. Pedagogical practices, learning cultures and the professional development of practitioners are considered within the wider political agenda of different countries. Pertinent policy and practice issues, such as numeracy and literacy, are carefully examined. Theodora Papatheodorou and Janet Moyles highlight how important it is to engage with and listen to children, to provide positive learning encounters.

Seeing the Wood for the Trees: Adults' Roles in Supporting Sensory Play

Seeing the wood for the trees: Adults' roles in supporting sensory play


Over the last century, Steiner, Dewey, Montessori and Malauzzi have all made the case for the numerous benefits of sensory play. With evidence that children's access to sensory play is in decline, the treasure basket can potentially offer a tool for increasing sensory stimulation, especially when the three stages of play set out in the Sensory Play Continuum are followed. Treasure baskets are used for simple exploration, problem solving and domestic role play (see Goldschmied and Jackson, 2004); older children use them in pretend and goal-oriented symbolic play, where the objects became something new, reflecting and portraying children's ideas and thoughts; when ...

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