Playing and Learning in Early Childhood Education supports early childhood education students, practitioners, and primary educators to engage in the exploration of the theoretical framework of play, characteristics of play, the environmental and cultural factors that influence play, and the application of developmentally appropriate play practices. The text includes in-depth information on emerging topics such as environmental literacy, sustainability in play settings, and the impact of new technology, as well as the importance of outdoor play to combat the rise of obesity.
Outdoor and Nature Play in Early Childhood Education reinforces the importance of outdoor play in the lives of children. Outdoor play is so important to children’s daily living that we have written this book to present the core concepts about outdoor play that will support teachers in collectively examining outdoor play within their environments and beyond. The text is rooted in the work of well-known theorists who have made invaluable contributions to early childhood education and who advocated for children to have access to play and learning outdoors.
This resource has been developed to support children’s curiosity and learning and is divided into two sections: key theoretical components for formulating a philosophy about outdoor play and ideas for supporting children in exploring and learning within their outdoor spaces. The learning outcomes are intended for educators that have a requirement to outline specific learning and assessment requirements. There may be many more or different outcomes achieved, depending on the depth and breadth of how children engage in the exploratory options with the materials.
In exploring the image of children and environments and thinking about ways in which pedagogy empowers children to be active and inquisitive learners in early learning environments, Empowering Pedagogy for Early Childhood Education is intended to create dialogue about how learning and development take place.
This text offers comprehensive coverage with a unique focus on learning environments, how the child's physical environment, the people the child interacts with, and the experiences the child has are all key to the child’s ability to adapt and learn. With practical examples and exercises, students develop strategies for creating responsive learning communities for children and families.
This Assessment Tool is designed to support early learning practitioners with examining their outdoor play environments to determine how they contribute to children's play. The tool also helps you explore how changes to environments may further stimulate children's play, curiosity and wonderment.