Deeply entrenched within the historical roots of early childhood education, play has long been a dominant feature of Western-European pedagogy (Rogers 2011). Over many centuries, philosophers, theorists, educationalists and more recently, policy makers have worked hard to define the nature of childhood, play and the purposes of education…
Early Childhood Education & Play is an introduction to early childhood education, detailing the various approaches to curriculum, theories of play, and the principles and philosophy of Aistear and Síolta in providing for the holistic development of the child.
• Characteristics of play
• History of play
• Styles and types of play
• Stages of play
• Benefits of play to holistic development