Wednesday 26 September 2018
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4.1 Play and Exploration

Children's play reflects their wide ranging and varied interests and preoccupations.

In their play children learn at their highest level.

Play with peers is important for children’s development.

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Angela Jones, foundation stage strategy manager
Tel: (01482) 392467

Marion Hastings, improvement officer (early years)
Tel: (01482) 392408

Emerald Grant, improvement officer (early years)
Tel: (01482) 392483



4.1 Play and Exploration: Exploring cornflour and paint

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4.1 Play and Exploration: The Story Tent

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Supportive Websites

PEEP (external website)
PEEP supports parents and carers in their role as children's first and most important educators. They also provide training and support for practitioners working with families. PEEP offers an innovative, evidence-based programme that offers ideas and activities to support children's learning in everyday situations. These are included in their Learning Together publications.

The Free Play Network (external website)
The Free Play Network is a network of individuals and organisations, which aims to promote the need for better play opportunities for children.

Play Matters (external website)
The Association has over 35 years experience in helping toy and leisure libraries as well as working across the voluntary and statutory sector developing policy and using their expertise to promote the value of play and leisure opportunities for all.

The Pre-school Learning Alliance (external website)
The Pre-school Learning Alliance is a leading early years membership organisation and one of the largest providers of quality childcare in England. They offer support to over 15,000 settings and impact positively on the care and education of over 800,000 young children and their families every year.

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