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STUDENT NAME: SIMRAN SHARDA

STUDENT NO: 31371

NAME OF MARKER: PAM SHEPHARD

DATE OF SUBMISSION: 6 MAY 2012

ASSIGNMENT NO: 7 NO. OF WORDS: 2025

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Name:SIMRAN SHARDADate: 6 MAY 2012

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| | |Explain why play is important to the holistic development of the young child. Explain how and why children’s play changes over the first six years of life. | |Include examples to support your explanation. | |Give a definition of play using theoretical perspectives. (15) | |Outline characteristics and types of play. (25) | | | |Explain how play facilitates and is impacted by the maturation of children’s developing physical, intellectual, linguistic, emotional and social skills during| |the first six years of life. (25) | | | |Link this maturational development to the child’s ability to engage in more complex, and more social play, considering children with special education needs. | |(10) | | | | |

There is no concrete definition for the word ‘play’, but in simple words play can be described as ‘the way a child expresses himself’. Through this essay we not only lay emphasis on the meaning of the word play but also on why play is important for the child.

To briefly introduce we could say that there are numerous reasons that lead to the importance of play. It helps the child to enhance his creative, intellectual, physical and communicative skills. To foster these skills further, repetition of play activities is important for a child. We will cultivate deeper on this further into the essay. At home ‘play’ tends to be a more unplanned form of playing for the child. But when the play is systematically organised for the child it proves to be a lot more fruitful. And thus through this essay we will also look at the different types of play and the kind of planned environment that needs to be set up for the child’s learning and development.

Every child plays, whether they are new born babies,...
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