Play is a powerful way for children to learn. Many children are deprived of quality play experiences in which they can be in control, explore, express and develop their thoughts, ideas and consolidate their knowledge and experiences. In this book, Diane Rich uses her wealth of experience to provide exciting ideas for activities which will captivate children, build on their existing creativity and encourage the highest standards to be achieved across all areas of learning. She provides practical ideas and advice on how: * practitioners can effectively support children in their play * children can be encouraged to be story-makers * adults can develop their role in creative play as providers, observers, players and learners * to provide stimulating creative play through examples of first hand experience * working with families can enhance children's learning in and out of the nursery or school environment. Packed full of case studies, this addition to the "Nursery World" series has been developed to closely mirror major modules in the GNVQ in Childcare (levels 1 & 2).
It will be of benefit to early years practitioners, students on GNVQ and diploma courses in childcare and staff working on new government-lead initiatives.