The Importance Of Play For Early Childhood Education Programs

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GDTCS 101 PLAY AND PEDAGOGY GDTCS 101 PLAY AND PEDAGOGY GDTCS 101 PLAY AND PEDAGOGY Assessment 2 Respond to scenarios that examine?the relevance of the main discourses of play for early childhood education programs This essay introduces the definition of play, its importance in early years. It also makes us understand the different contributions made by theorists in enhancing our understanding the value of play. It also examines the implications of play on children and early childhood services. We also discuss the origin and role of child-initiated play in a child?s early years. Play is defined as universal language and a powerful source through which children learn. ?Play and learning are inextricably woven together as play equals learning? as mentioned by (Hirish-Pasek &Golinkoff 2008). They believed play to be a natural way through which children feel motivated in exploring the world around them. Play helps in learning social skills such as sharing, taking turns and resilience. It also has its impact on physical, cognitive, linguistic and emotional development of children. I acknowledge ?play as children 's activity which involves deep engagement, spontaneous, non- literal, intrinsically motivated, pleasurable, free flowing, flexible, evoking imagination and risk taking? as mentioned by most of the experts (Elkind 2003; Smith & Pellegrini 2008; Hirish-Pasek & Golinkoff 2008; Paley 1984,1986; Piaget 1951, 1963; Vygotsky 1978; Hedges 2000; Saracho & Spodek 1995).
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