Discuss the Importance of Play in Child-Centred Early Years Provision, from Ideological and Pedagogical Perspectives.

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Discuss the importance of play in child-centred early years provision, from ideological and pedagogical perspectives. This essay will hope to discuss the importance of play in child-centred early years provision. Firstly looking at the definition of play, then retracing its history to Ancient Greek times to look at philosophers such as Plato. The Irish education system and how it was formed before and after 1922 when Ireland became a free state. Next the educational ideologies will be looked at going on to the various pedagogies provided in Ireland at this time, including, Montessori, Naíonrai, Steiner and High/Scope - its origins in cross cultural longitudinal studies (Perry Pre-School) and finally neuroscience. The importance of play has been recognised, recorded and debated for centuries, as far back as the Ancient Greeks by philosophers and academics alike. Plato said, “Avoid compulsion and let your children play”. Play is an emotive word, which has different meanings for different people and can be defined in many ways. Right the way through life play takes place, but as children grow older the play form varies. Play is considered the universal language of childhood. Everyday children play, from a small baby exploring by grasping and touching their hands and feet to young children dressing up in costumes for pretend play. A specific activity or hobby may replace play in older children but essentially they are still at play while doing these. Play continues from childhood into adulthood regardless of its nature. It is believed that people whom do not take part in play are more likely to suffer boredom, depression and stress. It is through play that children make sense of the world around them and develop as individuals, it helps to support their emotional and cognitive development. Children learn so much while at play like social skills such as sharing,

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