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  • Academic vs. play-based preschool debate fading in favor of intellectual discovery

    This US based article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette explores play-based early childhood education.     --------------------------------- By Jill Harkins / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Lilian Katz views the debate about whether preschool should be play-oriented or academicall...

    Tags: play, learning. tag_names:subjects: play

  • Importance of Play

    What is it that makes play special?  Why is it crucial for young children's development?  Dianne Rich considers these questions in this short article on the importance of play for children. 

    tag_names:subjects: social competence, play, social competence resource

  • Importance of Play

    What is it that makes play special?  Why is it crucial for young children's development?  Dianne Rich considers these questions in this short article on the importance of play for children. 

    tag_names:subjects: social competence, play, social competence resource

  • Children's right to play

    Written by Stuart Lester and Wendy Russell, this 2010 working paper provides an examination of the importance of play in the lives of children worldwide.  Chapters include understanding play, play in context, play as self-protection, play as participation in every-day life, and providing env...

    Tags: play, curriculum, . tag_names:subjects: social competence, infants and toddlers, play, environment, leadership, pedagogy

  • The Social Skills Programme

    This guide to social skills is produced by Leap Outreach and considers why social skills are important, and provides strategies for supporting children's growing social development.  This article has a strong focus on helping children who need extra support in interacting with peers.

    tag_names:subjects: social competence, play, pedagogy, social competence resource

  • Communicating and Cooperating in Play

    Rosemary Perry describes research that she was involved in that considered the nature of children's communication and cooperation in play.  She notes that the "findings from this study serve as a timely reminder that there are between pretend play and the social interactions it engenders and...

    Tags: social interactions, play. tag_names:subjects: social competence, play, pedagogy, social competence resource

  • The Power of Play

    This video looks at the importance of play in early childhood.

    Tags: play. tag_names:subjects: play, social competence resource

  • Toddler Strategies for social engagement with peers

    This article by Honig and Thompson (1993) outlines toddlers strategy bids as they attempt to interact with others. The article considers how toddlers enter play with another and how they leave the play.  The article also considers strategies that teachers can use to help support young childr...

    tag_names:subjects: social competence, infants and toddlers, play, pedagogy, social competence resource, friendship

  • Dramatic Play with open-ended materials

    In this video, Dr Diana Horm,  the Director of the Early Childhood Education Centre, University of Oklahoma-Tulsa, discusses dramatic play in early childhood.  This short video highlight not only the importance of dramatic play but creativity, imagination and open-ended materials. ...

    tag_names:subjects: play

  • The importance of dramatic play

    In this short article, Dr Benson highlights the importance of including dramatic play in the curriculum including the cognivitve, social and phsyical benefits.

    tag_names:subjects: play