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Can I Go and Play Now?

Can I Go and Play Now?
Rethinking the Early Years

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April 2018 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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Is it time to re-think continuous practice in the early years?

The world of education is an amazing and rewarding world to be in, but there is a sense among many that work within it that there is something not quite right, that all is not well. 

In this book, Greg Bottrill explores how he ensures that, in his Early Years setting, continuous provision enables children. He shares his Early Years pedagogy through the '3Ms' and explains how to apply these in the classroom. Greg also explores the definition of play – what it is and what it isn’t – and the challenging role of the Early Years teacher.

This book shares good practice in:
  • early reading and the joy of reading
  • early writing development
  • boys writing
  • the nature of outdoor play and how to make this truly ‘outdoor’
  • the role of parents in child development
  • mathematics in play
  • when and how to do intervention work with children
  • how to get Headteachers and centre managers on board.

Part 1 – Where do we go from here?
Chapter 1 – The child at the centre of the universe
Chapter 2 – Making their universe the right universe
Part 2 – Getting continuous provision right
Chapter 3 – What play is and what play isn’t
Chapter 4 – What do I do all day?
Chapter 5 – Seriously, what do I do all day?
Part 3 – The 3Ms
Chapter 6 – What are the 3ms?
Chapter 7 – 3M number 1 – Making conversations
Chapter 8 – 3M number 2 – Mark making
Chapter 9 – 3M number 3 – Mathematics
Chapter 10 – 3M number 4 – Muscle and movement
Chapter 11 – 3M number 5 – Mindfulness
Chapter 12 – 3m number 6 – Magic
Part 4 – The great outdoors
Chapter 13 – The outside world
Chapter 14 – Your outside space
Part 5 – Partners
Chapter 15 – Parents
Chapter 16 – TAs
Chapter 17 – The headteacher
To finish – concluding remarks

This is useful and interesting reading for students wishing to undertake play-related projects in their school. This is particularly useful for any practitioner within Early Years settings wishing to develop aspects of play within their own contexts.

Dr Amanda O'Shea
School of Education, Northampton University
June 25, 2020

informative and up to date , with different pedagogical viewpoint to other reources

Miss marie bradwell
Children and Young People, University of St Mark And St John
January 9, 2020

Early to read - excellent book.

Mrs Tamsin Grimmer
Education, Bath Spa University
February 2, 2018

Selected this text for our newly verified Play in the 21st Century Module and it has proved very useful with lots of pointers and ideas for the students to reflect on.

Mrs Terrie Blaszczyk
Froebel College, Roehampton University
January 18, 2018

This book is a very good resource for all early years settings and any student studying early years. It is clearly presented and very strongly promotes the idea that play is about the child, and not what the adult thinks the child wants! Highly recommend.

Mrs Trish Newstead
Health and Social Care, Kingston University and College
January 18, 2018

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 3: What Play is and What Play isn't