Evaluate the key principles of play and their relevance to Forest School

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Learner Name: Rachel Fleming
Cohort: Course A May 2014
Module 1 Assessment Task 1
Learning and Development at a Forest School
Programme – SG1/3/NQ/003
2.7 Evaluate the key principles of play and their relevance to Forest School

Rachel Fleming Course A May 2014

“Play is an essential part of every child's life and is vital for the enjoyment of childhood as well as social, emotional, intellectual and physical development.”
Play England (2014)
As far back as 1826 Froebel saw the value of play in the opportunities it provides for sensory experiences, which he believed, are the foundations of intellectual development (Moyles, 1989 p. 8). However the big question remains, what is play? This question does not seem to have a
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2. States Parties shall respect and promote the right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life and shall encourage the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational and leisure activity.

However Tim Gill cited in Moss (2012) argues that:

“Childhood is being undermined by adults’ increasing aversion to risk and by the intrusion of that fear into every aspect of their lives.”

The evidence for the rights of and benefits for children to play is clear however there are still, many barriers to play in today’s society, especially play in the outdoors. These barriers may be difficult to breakdown and counteract particularly because they have become part of our everyday lives, as

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