Play and the revised EYFS is the result of discussions about the fact that play
must continue to be at the heart of early years settings. Its thrust is that children at play naturally fulfil all the areas of learning and development. This free training pack consists of a PowerPoint and booklet with cross-references to the new statutory guidance. Divided into sections based on the activity areas seen in most early years settings (role play, wet play, construction, etc), the guide is easy to use. Each section includes a sample observation and describes how play taking place in that activity area realises the seven areas of learning and development. Hopefully this new training will be enjoyable as well as helpful, as it includes some lovely photos (choosing them was my favourite part of this project).
Anne O'Connor supported Community Playthings with this resource and wrote the introduction. She says, "Observing children’s play is the only accurate way for practitioners to assess development across all areas of learning and to gauge the right levels of interaction and support that will enhance and extend the learning experience."
If we design children’s environments based on a sound understanding of their development – and of all that they learn through play – we will not only achieve but surpass the expectations of the revised EYFS.
The free booklet and PowerPoint training are available by ringing 0800 387457
. The booklet PDF can be downloaded here