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Class

Early Years Education Foundations

  • Creating Environments
  • Olivia Hulley
  • 30 Mins
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Skill Level

Unqualified Professionals

Duration

30 Mins

Resources

1 Files

Streaming Content

5 Videos

Description

Join Olivia and explore the ability to unlock children's imaginations, awe and wonder through fantasy play in the form of small world play! I'm sure we all have fond memories of engaging in small world play as young children, using our immersive imaginations to explore distant lands or made up worlds with the help of small actions figures, or whatever small objects we had accessible. Children's imaginations are incredible and are their to be nurtured and developed, as through small world play and the resources and environments we provide children we can unlock incredible holistic learning opportunities through this form of dynamic and creative play. In this class you'll have the opportunity to engage with the key principles of small world play, the benefits that come from engaging with such play, the ways we can support children in their play and other practical tips and tricks to support your practice!

Skills you'll learn

Lesson Content

1. Utilising Small World Play

04:45

Lesson 1 explores how you can harness small world play to develop your children's holistic development and help you to develop your enabling environments and continuous provision. Olivia will take you through the advantages of your setting harnessing the power of small world play, as well as some hints and tips on how this can be achieved.

2. Holistic Learning Through Small World Play

05:21

Small world can easily become a major facilitator for holistic learning and development! Depending on our interactions and the environment/resources provided emotional, educational and cognitive learning can all be driven from small world play and provide the children with amazing opportunities for further learning through their own imaginations and exploration.

3. The Role Of The Adult In Small World Play

08:46

This lesson is all about our 'why' when it comes to small world play. The role of the adult is so important during early childhood growth and development, which is why it's so important we're interacting positively and not interfering with their play. In this lesson Olivia takes you through the important role of the adult in small world play and how we can assist children in their learning.

4. Understanding The World

06:23

One of the most prominent areas of learning that can be easily pulled out of small world play and incorporated into the resources and environments we provide children. Olivia models a number of ways in which we can link understanding the world development with small world play, and how it can help undo gender stereotypes, foster a culturally diverse setting and even support children's fears of visiting the doctors!

5. Communication & Language

08:18

Incorporating rich language and exposure to new words and meaning is so simple when engaging with small world play and children imaginations. Through our interactions with children during small world play Olivia demonstrates ways in which you can present children with rich language and new words they might not normally be exposed to during day to day life.

Meet your teacher

What I enjoy the most about the early years, is allowing children to thrive in a caring, compassionate and engaging environment. Previously, I have trained and come from a performing arts and entertainment background, which of course comes together nicely when working with these impressionable and curious children. I pride myself in making learning fun and enabling, whilst encouraging children to celebrate their own unique individualities.

'They've helped me re-find my spark and passion for early years!'

After losing my love of Early Years and taking a 10 year break from the sector, I have found The Early Years network!!. It has totally opened my eyes to how much the industry has evolved and has sparked my passion to retrain. Their videos have reminded me why I loved early years so much, and I can't wait to be back in practice again.

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