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Can I Go and Play Now?
Rethinking the Early Years


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Play

March 2018 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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.
 
Introduction
 
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 a highly readable book with a very personal slant which makes it appealing and engaging. The author 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. Topics include 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. These show just how wide-ranging and practical the book is - and always the child is at the heart of everything. Reassuring and empowering - a book to make you think and build confidence.

Sarah Brew
Parents in Touch

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

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


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