Development And Development Of The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework

1447 Words Jan 20th, 2015 6 Pages
Play was described by Farmer (2009) as an action “incorporating both physical and mental structures. Building upon the inherent drive which children have to find out more about their world, relationships, to challenge, to risk and discover.” Play within the early years is a topic which has come to the forefront over recent years with various academics willing to give their view on it. There has been vast amounts of research carried out by the likes of Bruce, Piaget and Vygotsky to name but a few, despite this play is an area which is somewhat omitted or not explored fully in the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.

The Framework published in 2014 does not cover the idea of play in vast detail with just one point addressing it. Point 1.8 says “Each area of learning and development must be implemented through planned, purposeful play and through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activity. Play is essential for children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, to think about problems, and relate to others. Children learn by leading their own play, and by taking part in play which is guided by adults.” This means that every area which is addressed by the Early Years Foundation Stage framework must incorporate play in some way, placing an emphasis on the practitioners to provide a mix of both organised and child led learning in all areas of learning.

Play is a very significant area in terms of the development of a child, through the framework…

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