Name: Sue Cowley
Sector: Early Years
Position: Preschool Committee Member
5 Bits of Advice About: Learning through play
- Play is often messy. Let parents know that their children’s clothes will probably get dirty and have plenty of spare clothes available.
- Don’t immediately interrupt or intervene in children’s play – step back and watch for a while. Be sensitive to when and how your input might be most valuable for learning.
- Use open rather than closed questions to help the children build their thinking while they are playing. Google ‘sustained shared thinking’ for a great approach to use.
- Offer plenty of multi sensory resources for the children to play with. The setting environment can ‘enable’ lots of valuable learning for the 0-5 age group.
- Try using ‘provocations’ to encourage thoughtful and imaginative play. For instance, how can the children rescue an animal trapped in a tree?