Examples of authentic everyday experiences, practical insights and questions for consideration are underpinned by current research. Practical tools, hints and plans to help educators reframe dilemmas and take action to improve outcomes for young children are included. Progressing Play provokes educators to integrate principles and practices of quality early childhood programs including:
- Inclusive learning environments
- The place of play
- Respectful relationships and partnerships
- Intentional teaching
The first section of the book challenges educators to consider how they view children; the role of play in young children’s lives; and the implications of this upon practice. It then turns to an investigation of practical strategies and resources to encourage and enhance learning. The authors provoke readers to explore their personal and professional assumptions, understandings and beliefs about children. To assist this process, the final chapters explore professional issues such as documentation, sustainable practices, children’s behaviour, stress and partnerships.
This full colour book is brimming with stories, examples and photos from practice, as well as questions and prompts for further reading to contemplate throughout each chapter. It has much to offer early childhood educators and would-be educators.