Create a plan which includes a balance of child-initiated and adult-led play opportunities for: physical play, creative play, imaginative play, sensory play

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit: Unit 3.2: Plan, lead and review play opportunities which support children’s learning and development in relation to current frameworks
Learning outcome: 1 Be able to plan play opportunities
Assessment criteria: 1.1 Create a plan which includes a balance of child-initiated and adult-led play opportunities for: physical play, creative play, imaginative play, sensory play

  • Review the differences between child-initiated and adult-led play
  • Review your setting’s approach to planning play activities
  • Consider the ages, stage of development, needs and interests of the child/children
  • Research play opportunities with these considerations in mind as well as how play can link in with learning and development as set out in the EYFS framework
  • Examples of child-initiated play for 0 to 2 year olds:
    • Physical play – Baby gym, push-and-pull toys, rattles etc.
    • Creative play – Paint, crayons, shakers, tambourines etc.
    • Imaginitive play – Dolls, teddies, toy animals etc.
    • Sensory play – Heuristic play, cornflour, slime, water etc.
  • Examples of child-initiated play for 2 to 5 year olds:
    • Physical play – Balls, sit-on toy cars, skipping ropes etc.
    • Creative play – Paint, sponges, glue etc.
    • Imaginitive play – Dressing up, dolls, toy animals/farms etc.
    • Sensory play – Water and soapy water, mud, sand etc.
  • Examples of adult-led play for 0 to 2 year olds:
    • Physical play – Exploring outdoor areas, rolling toy cars/balls to one another, action rhymes etc.
    • Creative play – Using art supplies with assistance from adults, playing music together etc.
    • Imaginitive play – Peek-a-boo, small world play, puppets etc.
    • Sensory play – Cornflour, slime, water etc. with adults demonstrating ideas (e.g. filling up a jug with water and pouring it out) etc.
  • Examples of adult-led play for 2 to 5 year olds:
    • Physical play – Playgrounds, football, den building, parachutes etc.
    • Creative play – Make music together (e.g. copy the beat), clay modelling, paper aeroplanes, dancing etc.
    • Imaginitive play – Shops, roleplay/let’s pretend, small world play etc.
    • Sensory play – Making sandcastles, making dough/slime, making cakes etc.

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