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Early Years Play and Learning: Developing Social Skills and Cooperation


This accessible and practical book provides teachers with a tool-kit for observing and assessing children's play developed by the author during a decade of working in early years classrooms.


Table of Contents






Promoting practitioner research – beyond watching children

1 Areas of Provision in early years settings

Building on our heritage in the early years

The early years in a changing world

Illustrating Areas of Provision – some scenarios

Some emerging principles to underpin Areas of Provision

2 The Social Play Continum

Becoming sociable and cooperative

The headings and footing of the Continuum

A note about the research

3 Using the Social Play Continuum

Practitioners as researchers – insights into learning and teaching

The Social Play Continuum as a tool for research and pupil assessment

Observing children

Creating the time to watch, listen and learn

The emergence of the ‘whatever you want it to be place’

Allowing children to sustain and develop their play

Recognizing and nurturing play themes

Fostering friendships in young children

4 Scaffolding the growth of sociability and cooperation: Children as co-constructors of the early years curriculum

Links with planning in early years settings

A brief look at Vygotsky

Assessing children's progress as they play

Providing for boys and providing for girls – are their needs similar or different?

Areas of Provision – a positive impact on behaviour management

Scaffolding sociability and cooperation – some practical activities and suggestions

5 Literacy and numeracy: Harnessing emerging interests and skills and continuing to co-construct the curriculum

Co-constructing literacy and numeracy learning

…And on into Key Stage 1

Literacy and numeracy – returning to Areas of Provision

6 Emotional well-being, making choices, time to learn

Promoting emotional well-being for young children in early years settings

Little sadness, big sadness – needing friends and needing help

Heartland Primary School – the home corner




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