Theoretical examination of the role of play in young children’s learning and development, and the practitioner’s role in this.

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Play is essential for all children in relation to their learning and development. It is a way of relaxing and a ‘time out’ from hard-core learning since play can be thought of as a fun way of learning. Play can help children to express their emotions and help them to adapt to life. Sue Palmer, a literacy consultant, has stated that “Play can mean anything that isn’t work.” One can take this to mean that play is something fun and has nothing to do with a child’s education but it is giving a child a break from their structured learning from say reading and writing. This is just a more active way of learning rather than handing out a pen and paper to the children. In some forms playing can be thought of a thinking process in that for example …show more content…
They say that it can get them thinking very crucially and enhances their abilities such as creativity and problem solving. (Moyles, RJ Page 36) There are many advantages of why children need to play. The children enjoy it; they enjoy showing others what they can do thus motivating themselves. For example if a child is given the task to paint, they may use various colours to make it look colourful and pretty in return get a praise from the teacher or another adult, say a parent. This is something that the child responds to and so this form. Play can help the child engage with their learning. Positive feedback helps stimulate a students learning and makes the student feel competent in what they are doing. This interlinks with motivation and therefore one can confidently say that motivation plays an essential role in learning. The practitioner needs to ensure that the children are engaged in activities and teachers need to come up with. “Despite the fun and learning that can come about through free play, some play can become very repetitive.” (Moyles, RJ Page 19) Therefore the practitioners play a key role as it is them that should help children develop their play pattern. The teacher or the parents can also contribute to this by challenging them or stimulating the child. A well known example is a jigsaw. The design of the jigsaw can mean that the child is challenged to solve it and this is where the adult is involved, they must

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