Early Years Foundation Stage. The importance of learning through play.

‘The importance of learning through play’  is one of my recent Helium articles – it’s directly relevant to criticisms of the statutory Learning and Development goals elements of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Here is an extract:

“The importance of learning through play is at the heart of the controversies surrounding the British Government’s Early Years Foundation Stage legislation. The Learning and Development Goals elements of the framework have been widely criticised by expert early years practitioners (including those who support the Open Eye campaign). The targets are not simply recommendations but statutory goals and this fact puts pressure on both children and carers which in turn is detrimentally affecting young children’s ability to learn through free and exploratory play…”

 To read the article in full, click here.

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