Demonstrate how play opportunities provide a balance between child-initiated and adult-led 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: 2 Be able to lead and support play opportunities
Assessment criteria: 2.3 Demonstrate how play opportunities provide a balance between child-initiated and adult-led play

  • Both adult-led and child-initiated play are important for a child’s development, so you should ensure that both types of play opportunity are accessible to children in your planning
  • You may take children in groups to participate in adult-led play, whilst the rest are involved with child-initiated play – later in the day, you could take another group of children to participate in the adult-led activity
  • Adult-led activities should be designed to lead to activities that can be initiated by the child later – e.g. after showing a child how to build a tower out of blocks, they should be able to build a tower themselves at a later date

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