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Can I Go and Play Now?: Rethinking the Early Years

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This book is easy to interpret and takes you on an adventure re igniting your love for what really matters, the children. Play allows children to explore their passions, discover new interests, and build a strong foundation for lifelong learning — something we pride ourselves on at Arcadia School. A very experienced Early Years teacher has gone back to the drawing board, questioned all of the status-quo ‘that’s how things have always been done’ and has built an alternative set of principles. We are there to facilitate learning not to dictate learning and his book makes this abundantly clear. The teachers have gained so much for it as well and found it fun and rewarding to teach and explore with.

and play pedagogy expert, Greg Bottrill, took the time to sit down with us and answer a view questions regarding his work – giving everyone the chance to truly understand what learning by play can achieve when applied correctly. Do you want to open up the magic world of tales and story to children whilst at the same time enriching their language skills, developing their fine motor and sharing really special time with them? I completed Drawing Club CPD before the winter break and I was so excited to implement what I had learnt by getting back into my nursery classroom straight away. As part of our ongoing In Conversation with … series, I have a chat with Greg Bottrill, Author and Play Pedagogy Expert.In regards to the changing of teacher roles, do you believe this should simply be a classroom exercise to be used when appropriate.

I had the privilege of attending this year's BSME - British Schools in the Middle East Conference at Hartland International School, where I had the pleasure of meeting Greg Bottrill again, an extraordinary educator whose dedication to education and passion for play has deeply influenced my practice for several years. Greg works internationally with settings supporting their own adventures into the world of play and the magic of children.Ideal for Reception, KS1 and into KS2, the concept of Play Projects is firmly rooted in the belief that children are creative, collaborative and can lead their own learning trajectory. Yesterday, I introduced "The Shush Monster" to two of my FS1 classes, and it sparked tremendous excitement and joy.

If you are a Reception teacher, new to the game or have been at it for years, you need to read this book! If, like me, you have already worked in a variety of education systems and perhaps work in the independent sector with more freedom to do what you want, then none of the ideas will be especially new. The key to it all has been the realisation that childhood is a mystery, so that keeps me wanting to explore and discover what children are trying to tell us. This is a lovely book that really helps practitioners understand and value the importance of play and it's place in education. There is a narrative that children’s progress has to be endlessly tracked and monitored and this has led to a huge swathe of spreadsheet-ism and the marketisation of education which in turn has shaped children’s early learning experiences into a ‘rush and push’ for early academics and ‘success’.LinkedIn and 3rd parties use essential and non-essential cookies to provide, secure, analyze and improve our Services, and to show you relevant ads (including professional and job ads) on and off LinkedIn. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. As a fellow male Early Years teacher, I really enjoyed learning his approach, as we are few and far between. And on an international stage, Drawing Club is making its way across the continents - I wonder where its magic will end up next?

How long was it in the Education Sector before you realised the need for an initiative like ‘CAN I GO AND PLAY NOW’?

Discover just what it is that children need from education and why it’s so important for Early Years practice to echo upwards throughout their school journey. Not only have I read this ‘EYFS bible’ but I’ve snipped bits for training, planned my next vision meeting and re designed my whole setting. It’s why I created Play Projects as a way of the Adult World to embrace childhood and begin to see its value. Also I believe the emphasis was on the word ‘how’ as he then went on to explain further, in terms of mind shifts in perception of ourselves and our role. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products.

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