Early Childhood Play Matters

ISBN: 9781742862859

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Early Childhood Play Matters: Intentional Teaching Through Play: Birth To Six Years

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Shona Bass, Kathy Walker Australian author

Play-based learning has long been a means of facilitating teaching and learning in the early childhood years. The Walker Learning Approach, an Australian-designed, evidence-based play pedagogy, provides a solid base and foundation for intentional and responsive teaching in the early years. The program’s systems and practices support teams of early childhood educators in a consistent approach that ensures continuity and predictability for children, educators and families.

Early Childhood Play Matters provides guidance and many practical ideas on implementing the Walker Learning Approach within early childhood learning practices. Topics include intentional teaching, how to minimise time spent on planning and documentation while producing clinical and professional records, how to set up open-ended play learning experiences to promote skills, how to scaffold with intention and purpose for learning, how to communicate effectively as an educator and how to honour and build relationships with children and families.

It also includes organisational ideas and resources, a full-colour section of photographs, templates for planning, assessment and reporting activities, and a bibliography for further reference