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Evaluate the influence of theoretical perspectives on aspects of practice which affect the development of children.

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A1. Evaluate the influence of theoretical perspectives on aspects of practice which affect the development of children. Vygotsky's theory on social/emotional development favours imagination and demonstration to progress a child's learning. He believed that children should learn through demonstration, the kinaesthetic technique watching someone of greater knowledge do something which the child will then copy and learn from. The parent's role in his theory was to be very involved in their learning as they are seen to be the child's "first educator". One advantage to his theory in practice is that the children in settings interact with peers more using their social skills to communicate and develop at the average level. Another advantage is that the children will be able to share their experiences with others during circle time, group sessions or one to one to learn from those occurrences. ...read more.

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She believed that children should learn and develop through play, mainly focusing on the physical development of children, however much the emotional/social development is important in a child's learning. She felt children cannot learn if they are undernourished, unhealthy, lack hygiene or have low self-esteem due to their neglect on appearance. One advantage of this theory in practice is that it will promote a healthier lifestyle for the children. Also it will develop the children's exploration helping them grow and develop their lessons of discovery. Another advantage would be that play helps children apply what they know and understand. Moreover, the children have the right to be physically healthy and hygienic when learning, decreasing the chances of child obesity. The first disadvantage of this theory in practice is that the lack of routine creates a loss in the children's lifestyle. ...read more.

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This included the role play corner, social table groups with different level abilities as well as the care they take when looking at the child's physical development. The setting puts these theories into practice very well by providing healthy snack at break times, a wide variety of outdoor activities, planned routine full of outdoor and social activities as well as the general indoor theory work. They also give the option to the children for them to decide if they want to play outdoors or indoors giving them the opportunity to socialise and play group activities, so they can use this for future learning. The setting also includes the following; checking for neglect, or undernourished children who may need to have a free school meal or eat a little extra during lunch or snack time, and passing on any information of these occurrences to multi-agencies such as social workers to benefit the child's future. All of which the practitioners take a lot of interest in these theories and practice them well in the setting. ...read more.

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