Play & Learning

Weinstein, N. (2022) ‘Essential resources: pioneers & influencers: seven steps’, Nursery World, December 2022, pp.24-25.
David Sobel’s seven principles of natural play are a great checklist for planning quality outdoor play places for children.

White, J. (2022) ‘Outdoors: key 9: looking out’, Nursery World, December 2022, p.20-21.
Having a clear vision, and knowing how to get there, is the final piece of the puzzle of outstanding outdoors provision.

Weinstein, N. (2022) ‘Sensory play: feeling it’, Nursery World, October 2022, pp.39-41.
There is a lot more to messy play than wet and sticky gloop, discovers Nicole Weinstein as she looks at the importance of sensory experiences in children’s play and learning.

Rawstrone, A. (2022) ‘EYFS best practice in school: adventures at break time’, Nursery World, October 2022, pp.33-36.
A programme called Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) has transformed te play experiences of children at many primary schools.

White, J. (2022) ‘Outdooers: key 9: with purpose’, Nursery World, October 2022, pp. 14-15.What does effective planning look like for the outdoors? Professor Jan White explains the benefits of well-prepared outside provision and gives examples of best practice.

Kingston-Hughes, B. (2020) ‘Loose parts: play: think out of the box’, Nursery World, 02-15 March 2020, pp.16-18.
How can loose-parts theory inform the way we provide resources and play and learning opportunities for the children in our settings?

Ouvry, M. (2020) ‘To the point: playing and learning’, Nursery World, 03-16 February 2020, p.10.
Practitioners must protect play‘s central role in early years learning and development, and watch out for bad policy and practice.

Goddard, C. (2019) ‘EYFS best practice in schools: home and away’, Nursery World, 21 January-03 February 2019, pp.29-33.
Even the youngest children role play, but the activity takes on whole new meanings and imaginative potential with Reception pupils.

Grimmer, T. (2019) ‘Superhero play: at the ready?’, Nursery World, 25 November-08 December 2019, pp.26-27.
How can early years practitioners encourage children to become active helpers, rather than passive bystanders?

Jones Russell, M. (2019) ‘EYFS best practice: all about… rough and tumble’, Nursery World, 04-17 March 2019, pp.23-27.
Why does rough and tumble play benefit children and how can practitioners enable it in a positive and safe way?

Parvin, T. (2019) ‘To the point: literacy and play for all’, Nursery World, 08-21 July 2019, p.16.
The developmental importance of play needs to be recognised beyond the EYFS and into children’s subsequent years at school.

Shonkoff, J. P. (2019) ‘To the point: changing the game’, Nursery World, 13-26 May 2019, p.16.
What do we know about the science behind learning through play in early childhood development? And how can we use it to move the field forward for all our

Tassoni, P. (2019) ‘Around the nursery, part 3: in on the act’, Nursery World, 11-24 November 2019, pp.16-18.
Advice for settings on how to plan and resource role play for all age groups.

Tassoni, P. (2019) ‘Around the nursery: making progress’, Nursery World, 16-29 September 2019, pp.16-18.
How can settings ensure their sand and water provision meets the requirements of the new Education Inspection Framework?

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