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

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

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

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I advise all to read, EYFS practitioners, KS1 teachers, KS2 teachers, Child minders, Ofsted inspectors and any member of an SLT. How long was it in the Education Sector before you realised the need for an initiative like ‘CAN I GO AND PLAY NOW’? 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. As part of our ongoing In Conversation with … series, I have a chat with Greg Bottrill, Author and Play Pedagogy Expert.

We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. This is a lovely book that really helps practitioners understand and value the importance of play and it's place in education. As adults, we encouraged the children to think about what the monster might look like, using all of these clues. 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. 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.The passion for play shines through in the authors words, inspirational; and important when considering the best time to engage in play, when to step back and let it unfold and how to develop play in your setting through a quality enabling environment. I think in time, I have discovered one thing, but I won’t reveal it because it’s something that if you are willing to adventure into play, I’d love you to find it for yourself.

It’s why I created the concept of co-play – the Golden Blend of direct teaching (where we deliver specific skills) and then play where children explore and share their understanding as an open-ended experience with us as co-adventurers too. Greg thank you for writing such a superb book it’s the beach read I needed that made me think of work in such a ‘magical’ way. We want our young children to engage in the world of story and books, and what better way to do it than to live in it. 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. He is also the creator of the Message Centre, Drawing Club, and Play Projects, as well as the delightful Play School TV, an exploration of the power of make-believe based on his approach to outdoor play, Adventure Island – a wonderful way to open up a world of creativity, language, story and joy: education done with children, not to them.Or, alternatively, should it be an established method of tutelage embedded in the foundations of the UK’s teacher training programmes? Reading doesn’t belong in a book band book, maths doesn’t belong to a whole-school maths scheme, and parents don’t have to look for ‘performance’.

When asked about their actions, the child replied with excitement, "I am feeding the monster all the stories. The teachers have gained so much for it as well and found it fun and rewarding to teach and explore with. And finally, what kind of feedback have you received from fellow educators since starting ‘CAN I GO PLAY NOW? If you want to feel energised and ready to fight for play, joy and childhood then this is the episode for you. Neoliberalism’s control on education is based on the myth that there is no alternative to it’s system.The World of Good Things awaits, you just need to let go of the idea that children have to perform and complete your tasks to prove they know something, and begin to have faith in childhood and if you can hear the ‘song of play’ coming through the door before you know it you’ll be in the World of Good Things too – it really is an extraordinary place.

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