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Can I Go and Play Now?

Can I Go and Play Now?
Rethinking the Early Years

Second Edition

June 2022 | 184 pages | Corwin UK
The world of education is an amazing and rewarding world to be in, but there is a sense among many that work within it that there is something not quite right, that all is not well. 

In this book, Greg Bottrill explores how he ensures that, in his Early Years setting, continuous provision enables children. He shares his Early Years pedagogy through the '3Ms' and explains how to apply these in the classroom. Greg also explores the definition of play – what it is and what it isn’t – and the challenging role of the Early Years teacher.

This book shares good practice in:
  • early reading and the joy of reading
  • early writing development
  • boys writing
  • the nature of outdoor play and how to make this truly ‘outdoor’
  • the role of parents in child development
  • mathematics in play
  • when and how to do intervention work with children
  • how to get Headteachers and centre managers on board.
Part 1 – Where do we go from here?
Chapter 1 – The child at the centre of the universe
Chapter 2 – Making their universe the right universe
Part 2 – Getting continuous provision right
Chapter 3 – What play is and what play isn’t
Chapter 4 – What do I do all day?
Chapter 5 – Seriously, what do I do all day?
Part 3 – The 3Ms
Chapter 6 – What are the 3Ms?
Chapter 7 – 3M number 1 – Making conversations
Chapter 8 – 3M number 2 – Mark making
Chapter 9 – 3M number 3 – Mathematics
Chapter 10 – 3M number 4 – Muscle and movement
Chapter 11 – 3M number 5 – Mindfulness
Chapter 12 – 3m number 6 – Magic
Part 4 – The great outdoors
Chapter 13 – The outside world
Chapter 14 – Your outside space
Part 5 – Partners
Chapter 15 – Parents
Chapter 16 – TAs
Chapter 17 – The headteacher

This is a lovely book that really helps practitioners understand and value the importance of play and it's place in education. The passion for play shines through in the authors words, inspirational; and important when considering the best time to engage in play, when to step back and let it unfold and how to develop play in your setting through a quality enabling environment.

Mrs Carly Blackburn
Social and Community Practice, Bradford College
March 21, 2023

Great final chapter in the new edition.

Mrs Nicola Stobbs
St John's Campus, Worcester University
August 23, 2022

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Chapter 3 - What Play Is and What Play Isn't

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