Hewes, Jane. (2007). The Value of Play in Early Learning: Towards a Pedagogy. From the book, Several Perspectives on Children’s Play: Scientific Reflections for Practitioners. Tom Jambor and Jan Van Gils. Garant Publishers, Antwerp, Belgium
Play nourishes every part of a child’s development. In the chapter completed by Dr. Hewes, the vital role of parents, caregivers and educators is outlined. They must:
- Ensure there is adequate time, space and conditions for play to develop, both indoors and outdoors.
- Ensure that early learning environments have an appropriate balance of child-initiated free play and more directed learning.
- Improve the quality and scope of play in early learning environments.
- Create tools to assess the quality of play environments and experiences;
- Articulate the learning outcomes of play – social, emotional, cognitive, creative, physical;
- Create tools to assess the learning of individual children and groups of children in play contexts;
- Provide a clear focus in both preservice and inservice teacher training on developing a full range of roles for adults facilitating children’s play;
- promote the value of play and the child’s right to play.