Identify philosophical approaches which influence play provision

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit: Unit 3.3: Apply theoretical perspectives and philosophical approaches to play
Learning outcome: 2 Understand philosophical approaches which influence play provision
Assessment criteria: 2.1 Identify philosophical approaches which influence play provision

  • Montessori
    • Montessori nurseries – adults set up several activities and children are free to move between them and participate as they wish
    • Believed that children were more interested in everyday objects than toys (heuristic play)
  • Isaacs
    • Early years setting should be warm and stimulating
    • Play supports emotional development
    • Play supports social development
    • Children should be free to explore and discover
  • Bruce
    • Free-flow play – children are free to move between indoor and outdoor environments in the early years setting
    • Identified 12 features of play

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