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Early Childhood Curriculum Model – Play

Learning and developing through play

Children love to play, and play often mirrors what is important in their lives. When asked about play children talk about having fun, being with friends, choosing activities themselves, and being outdoors. Play can be quiet or noisy, messy or orderly, funny or serious, strenuous or effortless…

Play Based Curriculum

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 and Play (look Inside Sample)

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

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Learning and developing through play