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Play as active learning

Play as active learning

Key Ideas Explored in this Chapter

  • what play is and how we can define play for ourselves and to others
  • the importance of play in terms of learning and how to justify a play-based approach
  • the role of the ECEC professional in promoting and facilitating play activities as active learning.

What is Play?

Play is surprisingly complex and abstract to define. It is something taken for granted as part of childhood and it is easy to assume our own understanding of what constitutes play and our experience of it is consistent with that of everyone else - certainly amongst our peers. In the context of early childhood education and care, play is so important that it is vital to be able ...

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