PLAYWORK – WORKING WITH CHILDREN

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Assignment 310 – Understand Children and Young People’s Self-Directed Play

Task A – Briefing Notes
1. Explain the characteristics of freely chosen, self directed play
Freely chosen play is where children are able to choose what they want to do
Personally directed play is where children will choose how they want to do what they have chosen to play.
Intrinsically motivated is why children choose why they choose certain types of play.
Goalless means that children will play for no particular reason in terms of where goals or rewards are concerned.
2 . Explain the importance of observing and analysing children’s and young people’s play. Through observing a child, it helps you to understand and be aware of the child’s interests
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7- Explain the concept of acceptable and unacceptable risk in the context of different play types. The concept of acceptable and unacceptable risk are, a child learning to jump higher and higher from a tree, this is an acceptable risk as the child is learning what their limitations and boundaries are. Whereas an unacceptable risk would be two children sword fighting as normally this gets out of hand and can turn serious.
8. Evaluate different approaches to managing risk during children and young peoples play. An approach to managing risk could be to talk to those children involved with e.g. play fighting and if they got too carried away I would stop them from playing together. Another approach would be to provide crash mats if children are playing on an indoor climbing frame, I would place them underneath to steady their fall so they don’t injure themselves too badly.
9. Explain the value of enabling children and young people to manage risk for themselves. The value of enabling children and young people to manage risk for themselves is to get the child to push their own limits i.e. if they were playing on a climbing frame, they would know how high to climb or jump from the climbing frame.
10. Explain how play work organisations seek to balance the health, safety and security of the play environment with children and young people’s need for stimulation, risk and challenge. A play work provision

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