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Play and learning in childrens education. Legislation and Theories relating to play and development.

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Unit 7- Play and learning in children's education E1) A practitioners role in meeting children's learning needs are to understand and have a clear idea of each and every child's learning needs and provide different opportunities to individual children as they all have different wants and needs because they all learn in different ways. The practitioners' role is to plan and resource a challenging environment for children which extend children's learning in various areas of learning. The UN Convention recognises that children's rights should be given priority as they are more vulnerable. It recognises that all children's needs should be met. The 4 core principles of the Convention are: 1. Non- discrimination regardless of race, sex, religion or any other reasons.( Article 2) 2. Devotion to the best interest of the child i.e. prevent children from being separated from their families unless separation is necessary for the child's best interest 3. The right to life, survival& development 4. Respect views of child (Freedom of thought, conscience and religion- Article 14, Right of freedom of opinion and expression- Article 13) In order to find out the needs of children we must consult parents as they are their 1st educators and know their children best. We should also talk with parents about their children's progress and development and provide appropriate support. In (Iain MacLead- Brudenell, (2004), pg. 415), it outlines the value of partnership, he says, that, ''promoting partnership with parents in the early years will lead to positive outcomes for the children, families, practitioners and setting and communities and society as a whole.''(1st reference) We should make sure we communicate regularly with parents, give regular feedback about the child, ask parents about their views and ask for advice about their child, make plans/strategies with the help of parents. If we would not work in partnership with parents, we would not be able to provide the children with enough plans. ...read more.


* If outside agencies are involved in helping the child reach his/ her full potential it is the parents' duty to know who is working with their child. * Involving parents in decision making is a must. It acknowledges the rights of parents to have their opinions taken into account. * Involving parents improves the quality of community spirit and also makes everyone work together (cohesion) * Children feel more satisfied, confident and positive about themselves when their parents and the practitioner work together with respect. * Practitioners also need to share information with other agencies such as outside agencies. When we work with others outside the setting it is called a multi professional approach. It is essential for us to consult them when planning learning opportunities to children so that when we provide learning opportunities to children we have consistency for them. Research: The effects of the Peers Early Education Partnership (PEEP) on children's developmental progress, is a programme for parents whose children are 0-5 years old. This research looks at the effects of the programme on children's developmental progress. This programme is expanding throughout Britain, but mainly developed in an economically deprived area of Oxford. Its findings are, that children from 3-5 whose parents participated in PEEP were much better in the area of, * vocabulary * lang. comprehension * understanding about books& print * number concepts, than those children whose parents didn't participate in it. This research also found out that children's whose parents took part n PEEP had much higher self- esteem& confidence to those children whose parents didn't take part. This research also shows how important it is for parents to involve in their child's decision making when thinking about their learning needs. E10) Diversity and inclusive practise is all about behaviour in practise. One must value all differences and welcome each and every individual child in the setting. ...read more.


a time Age of children: 4-5 years old Where was activity carried out: Book corner Personal, Social and Emotional Development: When teacher reads the books children will have discussions after the book has finished or teacher might ask children questions during reading the book to make the children talk to others. Communication, Language and Literacy: Children can also ask the teacher questions if they want to know about something, they will develop their language by talking to others. Problem Solving: By actually reading a book we can find out reasons i.e. why the big instrument makes a louder sound than the smaller instrument. Children can ask teacher or others questions. Knowledge and Understanding of the World: Children will have an understanding of where the different instruments come from, how they look like, what the different types of instruments are etc. Taking into account individual needs of children: We made sure that the children could all participate no matter what their special needs are. There was one child who had difficulty sitting down. We made sure he had a key worker with him/her during the story reading. B1) Margaret McMillan Influence on today's practises: Today it is strongly emphasised to involve parents in early years education as they are their child's first educators. The Key worker system is also greatly emphasised so that all children reach their full potential. Provision of free school meals and medical services reflect McMillan's emphasis on importance of good healthy and well being and nutritious and healthy food so that children learn better and effectively. Susan Isaacs Influence on today's practises: Parents are seen as the main educator of their child who knows their children best. She believed in the importance of play and relative freedom and today free play and child led activities are greatly emphasised. All settings should promote 80% child led activities and only 20% should be adult led. This shows how Isaacs theory influences the planning and provision of learning opportunities today. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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