Exploring the Powerful Role of Play in Early Education – Part 2: Play at the Center of the Curriculum
Within everyday experiences in play, young children build concepts that are foundational in providing a strong base for all future learning.
This session explores how teachers and providers can place play at the center of early childhood curriculum. The panelists describe how to design play spaces as environments for learning, invite children’s playful participation during daily routines, and support children’s play with others, especially when conflicts arise.
Teaching and learning through play require time for reflection, collaboration, and thoughtful planning. Panelists invite you to explore the time, resources, and support teachers and providers need to thoughtfully observe, document, and interpret children’s play.
This archived webinar is the second part of a two-part webinar series developed by the California Department of Social Services, Child Care and Development Division, in partnership with WestEd’s Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC).
The series explores the importance of play as a right of childhood and the roles of teachers, providers, and administrators to support authentic play as the foundation for learning in early care and education programs. In addition to highlighting research and policy, practical examples for providers and teachers are shared to emphasize the importance of play in supporting optimal learning and development.
Webinar Moderator: Mary Jane Maguire-Fong
Panelists: Marie Jones and Elizabeth Crocker
Access the webinar here.