Playing and Exploring
One of a series exploring the EYFS Characteristics of Effective Early Learning. All the books are highly practical and easy-to-use, drawing on current research and thinking. They cover communication and language, the environment and extended learning. All practitioners will gain insight and understanding to help them work towards and create a child-centred curriculum.
From the reception-class teacher to the home-based childminder, practitioners will gain insight to develop the environment, support communication and language and increase their confidence in planning for play and exploration.
- practical tools to assess and extend learning through play and exploration
- inspiring ideas for the indoor and outdoor areas
“Today the students had a chance to read through this book. Some liked the ‘pause for thought’ sections whilst others enjoyed just getting new ideas. Either way it was highly recommended”
Naomi Whale, Childcare Lecturer, Bath College
“Links to good practice & pause for thought are excellent & encourage students to reflect…Will add to reading list for a number of units”
Gillian Ellis, Lecturer, Cheadle & Marple 6th Form College
“The books are excellent value for money and link to professional practice; will fit our courses perfectly.
Jane Stevens, Director – Early Years Training Enterprise, Ruislip
“… an invaluable resource… as it provides the groundwork to understand the principles behind the EYFS 2012 and the characteristics of effective learning. It gives lots of examples of the differences between play and exploring and relates to observations and case studies. For students unfamiliar with early learning it explains the principles of how children learn and interact with their environments. I have highly recommended this text as a base text which supports understanding of more complex issues.”
Catherine Farnon, Lecturer in Childhood Studies, Highlands College, Jersey.
“Case studies and links to practice [are] helpful for students with limited experience working with children. Useful references for students to follow up.”
Joy Chalke, Principal Lecturer, University of Portsmouth.
“The three books in this series … are user friendly and will appeal to students. The use of examples from practice to illustrate theoretical concepts are very helpful … I particularly liked the ‘cycle of professional development’ on page 52. This visual representation is very helpful in unpicking some of the key ideas relating to reflection and development of practice.”
Erica Evans, Senior Lecturer, University of Brighton.