Cypop 5 Task 5.1 Essay

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5.1. Explain the importance of play to children’s learning and development and the need for an inclusive approach.

Play is very important to children as this is how children learn. It gives them the chance to explore the world around them. It helps them develop social skills, language skills, new skills and improve existing ones. It helps children to build self-esteem. Play stimulates creativity and imagination and lets children be in charge. Children learn by leading their own play and taking part in play that is adult led.

There are 5 areas of development and playing develops children in these 5 areas. These areas are:

• Social

• Physical

• Intellectual

• Emotional

• Language
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As a child care provider I would encourage babies to join in by tapping and clapping along.

Understanding the world

A 16 – 26 month old child is curious about people and shows interest in stories about themselves and families. As a child care provider I would be positive about differences between people and support the child’s acceptance of difference.

Expressive arts and design

A 22 – 36 month old child is beginning to make-believe by pretending. As a child care provider I would be interested in the child’s creative process and talk to them about what it means to them.

The characteristics of effective learning are playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically and these can be broken down as follows:

Playing and Exploring

Finding out and exploring, playing with what they know and being willing to have a go.

Active Learning

Being involved and concentrating, keeping trying and enjoying achieving what they set out to do.

Creating and thinking critically

Having their own ideas, making links and choosing ways to do things.

As a child care provider an inclusive approach is needed so that all children are treated as individuals and respected. Treating children as individuals is vital as every child is different. Children need to be valued and accepted regardless of social or ethnic background or abilities or health. All children and families will be
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