This booklet will help and support your learning and understanding of play, curriculum and early learning.

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This booklet will help and support your learning and understanding

of play, curriculum and early learning. This booklet should support you

as a new Diploma in Childcare and Education student.

In this booklet I will be developing your knowledge and understanding

in the following areas:

  • What is play?
  • Play opportunities for each type of play
  • How creative, imaginative and physical play can promote learning

for children aged 4-5 years old and how the activity links to the Early Learning Goals

  • The role of the adult in promoting play which meets the individual

needs of individual children

  • The importance of providing a positive environment for play

and learning

  • The strategies an adult may use to promote children’s



What is play?

‘Play provides an opportunity for the child to be occupied in activities

and tasks which are enjoyable and satisfying’ (Richards J, 2002)

Children’s play occurs naturally; it also builds children’s self-esteem as

there are no right or wrongs ways to play.

Creative Play

‘Creative play is an important means of encouraging children to experiment

and explore the world around them. It helps them to discover,

through senses, the properties of different materials’

(Tassoni P et al, 2000)

Creative play encourages children to explore and explore the world

around them, it also promotes discovery through their senses.

Creative activities involve:

  • The use of the child’s imagination
  • The use of the child’s personal expression of ideas

and feelings

Play opportunities for Creative play:

Creative play can involve the following activities:

  • Play with natural materials such as sand, water, clay and

play dough

  • Collages
  • Junk modelling
  • Painting

I am going to focus on PAINTING.

PAINTING is a positive learning experience for children of all ages;

it involves the use of a variety of colours and can be the bases for a

number of activities.

Painting allows children to paint whatever they want and there is

no right or wrong end product.

The use of paint can be used to develop self-identity and self-image

through self portraits; this involves the use of skin coloured paints.

It is important that you provide paint relevant to all races and cultures

in order to support anti-discriminatory/anti-bias practice.

How Painting promote learning for children

aged 4-5 years and how it links to the Early Learning Goals:

Painting promotes learning in the following areas, which also link to

the Early Learning Goals:

  • Physical development –
  • Use of a range of small and large scale equipment such as

paint brushes

  • Handle tools, object, construction and malleable materials safely

and with increasing control

  • Show awareness of space, of themselves and of others
  • Creative development –
  • Explore colour, texture, shape, form and space in two and three


  • Use of their imagination in art and design, music, dance, imaginative

and role play, stories

  • Express and communicate their ideas, feelings and thoughts through

the use of a widening range of materials

  • Mathematics –
  • Recognising, talking about and recreating simple patterns
  • Language and literacy –
  • Use of talk to organise, sequence and clarify thinking, feelings,

ideas and events

  • Extend their vocabulary, exploring the meaning and sounds

 of new words

  • Knowledge and understanding of the world –
  •  Investigation of objects and materials by using all of their senses

as appropriate

  • Look closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change
  • Personal, social and emotional development –
  • Build up of confidence to try new activities, initiate ideas and speak

in a familiar group

  • Dress and undress independently and manage their own personal


  • Select and use activities and resources independently

(Early Learning Goals taken from Tassoni P, Planning Play and the

Early Years, 2000)

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How painting will promote the intended learning

Painting promotes the intended learning because:

  • It allows children to express their feelings and thoughts by                painting according to how they feel
  • Develops recognition of colour through the use of a                              variety of colours
  • Develops and reinforces fine motor skills (pincer grip on brush)
  • Gives them a sense of independence through personal choice                       of colours
  • Builds self-esteem and self-confidence ...

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