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The Excellence of Play


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Foreword Introduction PART 1: Setting the play context Play and legislated curriculum: Back to basics - an alternative view Work or play: How children learn to read the signals about activity type in today's early years provision Permission to play Hunting and gathering: How play helps us to let in, as well as to get in, information about the environment PART 2: Play, language and literacy Playing or having fun? Dilemmas in early literacy Play beyond the Foundation Stage: storytelling, creative writing and self-regulation in able 6-7 year olds Children's fantasy role play - why adults should join in PART 3: Play and curriculum Art in the early years Playing music Science and play Mathematics and play Forest School: Playing on the wild side PART 4: Play, pedagogy and culture in early education The developmental and therapeutic value of children's play: Re-establishing teachers as play professionals Building friendships through playful learning in the early years Personalising transitions: How play can help 'newly arrived children' settle into school Play in the early years: The influence of cultural difference Play and the achievement of potential Play, the universe and everything! Afterword

About the Author

Janet Moyles is Professor Emeritus at Anglia Ruskin University, UK. She is a qualified early years teacher and has held a variety of roles including headteacher, lecturer and researcher. Visit to see more books from Janet Moyles

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