Developing through play: A multi-media professional development package

Arreckx, F.; Bates, S.; Canning, N. and Oates, J. (2009). Developing through play: A multi-media professional development package. In: British Psychological Society (BPS) Developmental Psychology Section Conference, 9-11 Sep 2009, Nottingham Trent University.



In this presentation we will give a demonstration of an innovative, new teaching/learning tool “Developing through Play”. is a stand alone multi-media teaching and learning package which is intended for use by early years practitioners and students of speech and language therapy and psychology. It comprises a series of reusable learning objects (RLO) on the subject of play and how children develop cognitively, perceptually and linguistically through play. RLO is based on video material which illustrates a different type of play, for example sensorimotor play, pretend play, deep risky play, and play context; solitary play, child/child interaction or adult/child interaction. Through guided observation, students learn how to enrich children’s play experiences and how to both assess and support children’s learning and development using play as a medium. reference is made to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and activities are structured to support students understanding of this framework and how it can be applied in their professional practice.

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