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Heuristic Play: Play in The EYFS

Only practical guide to one of the hottest topics in playwork and childcare today

Step-by-step guide to setting up play sessions in four different age ranges
Links to the 2012 Early Years Foundation Stage for easy curriculum planning
Succinct overview of the reasoning behind heuristic play and play schemas, saving practitioners time on reading heavy, theoretical texts.

So what exactly is heuristic play? The idea is rooted in children's natural curiosity: as babies grow they want to discover what they can do with the objects around them. Heuristic play aims to provide structured time for children to explore and investigate non-commercial items to develop fine motor movements and gain knowledge of the world around them. Based on Elinor Goldschmied's theories on play, heuristic play is very topical and can be used with all children in the early years.

This essential revised guide delivers clear and usable play scenarios for children at each stage of their development, complete with observation and assessment tips linked to the2012 Early Years Foundation Stage. Includes an accessible summary to the developmental theory behind this type of play.

About the author

Sheila Riddall-Leech is a qualifed primary teacher with over 40 years experience in the education sector. She now runs her own training company and CACHE centre offering professional training in the areas of childcare and early years education. This is Sheila's ninth book, and she is the author of The Skills Register series published by Practical Pre-School Books.

ISBN: 9781909280281