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Making Play Work in Early Years Settings

Making Play Work in Early Years Settings
Tales from the sandpit

160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Making a play-based curriculum work in early years settings.

Early Years practitioners have been advocating for play to be at the heart of early years for many years. Now is the time to make this a reality. Using in the moment planning, child initiated play and other strategies, this book supports early years practitioners to enable the children in their setting to choose what they do and how they want to learn.

Dawn Rigby shares her passion for a play-based curriculum, her own setting's journey, what worked and the challenges faced along the way.  This practical book:

  • shares examples of good practice;
  • gives advice on how to make play the central focus of early years practice;
  • explores why a play-based curriculum matters;
  • includes practical support on developmentally appropriate practice.
The time for play is now
Our journey
Open-ended play
Planning in the moment
Risky play
To intervene or not to intervene
Feelings, nothing more than feelings
Reducing the paperwork
On your marks
The joy of nursery rhymes
Mud Glorious Mud: The mud kitchen
Maths is everywhere
Play partners

Dawn Rigby

Dawn-Louise Rigby is an Early Years professional and consultant. Originally trained as a Montessori teacher, Dawn has Early Years Teacher Status, a level 3 in speech and Language development, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and a Masters Degree from the University of Roehampton. Dawn believes that all those working with children need a good level of understanding of knowledge and theory and that an outstanding practitioner needs to be able to demonstrate this knowledge by putting it into practice.   More About Author