Y13 Child Dev. Summer Holiday Work: Unit 3 Play and Learning



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Before you break up for the summer you will be introduced to the next stage of the course Unit 3 Play and Learning. This unit of work links in with the Placement days you have been completing this year. Working in an early years setting as an early years practitioner you will have seen that play is the cornerstone of a child's learning and development and current practice has been influenced by a range of theories and approaches. This assignment is your chance to analyse the success of these approaches and enables you to reflect upon how play provides positive outcomes for children's learning and development.

Over the summer you need to begin examining types of play and learning activities and the benefits for children’s learning and development which you have seen in your placements. You must also investigate theoretical perspectives to learning and development, curriculum approaches to play and their influence on current early years practice.


Y13 Child Dev. Summer Holiday Work: Unit 3 Play and Learning

Title: Assignment 1 - Types of play and the influences upon early years provision.

Produce an essay that evaluates how the approach to play used within your work placement setting has been influenced by theoretical perspectives and curriculum approaches.
Within this essay you will need to:
Assess the benefits of various types of play and learning opportunities/activities on children's learning and development in the age ranges of birth to two years and two years to seven years 11 months, making a judgment on how specific examples from work placement explain how to promote children's learning and all five areas of development.
Explain how the two theoretical perspectives have developed, their view of childhood and the way children learn and develop. Then compare two of the curriculum approaches, including what has influenced each one. Include examples from your work placement showing the influence on organisation of play, the environment, the professional roles and the resources used.
Write a conclusion which gives a coherent argument to show the interrelationship between all of the different aspects that have been included in the essay and how and why these benefit the children's learning and development.
Remember to include references and a bibliography.

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Within in this essay you should consider:

  • definitions of play

  • social stages of play

  • different types of play such as physical; imaginative; sensory; expressive arts and design; construction and the importance of suitable resources

  • the benefits to all five areas of development.

  • how play enables children to:


Note: You can select from the following approaches to support your essay:
Curriculum Approaches Reggio Emilia, High Scope, Forest Schools, The New Zealand Te Whariki

Montessori


Philosophical Perspectives Athey, Bruner, Froebel, McMillan sisters, Piaget, Vygotsky



Criteria

To achieve the criteria you must show that you are able to:

3/AB.D1

Evaluate the extent to which play and learning provision in a selected early years setting has been influenced by theoretical perspectives and curriculum approaches and the benefits for children’s learning and development.

3/A.M1

Assess the benefits of different types of play and learning activities for children’s learning and development.

3/B.M2

Assess the extent to which play and learning provision in a selected early years setting has been influenced by theoretical perspectives and curriculum approaches.

3/A.P1

Explain play types for children at different ages and stages of development.

3/A.P2

Explain how play and learning activities support the physical, cognitive, language, social and emotional development of young children.

3/B.P3

Explain theoretical perspectives to learning and development.

3/B.P4

Compare two curriculum approaches to play and learning and their influence on a selected early years setting.



Sources of information to support you with this Assignment

'Btec Level 3 National Children's Play Learning and Development Student Book (Early Years Educator)' by P Tassoni and L Burnham


'How Children Learn' by Linda Pound
'Understanding Children's Play' by Jennie Lindon
Websites:

www.montessori.org.uk


Playing to Learn article: https://www.atl.org.uk/Images/Playing%20to%20learn%20%20-%20Feb%202012.pdf




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