By Theresa Casey
'This sensible publication is helping the reader plan, layout and deal with the categories of settings that have enough money kids the possibilities to hold out the big variety of self-directed actions which are so very important to their improvement. It s excellent for neighborhood improvement staff, the organizers of after-school courses, teenagers s medical institution employees and teams of being concerned mom and dad' - Roger A. Hart, Director of the kids s Environments study team, The Graduate university of town college of latest York. intriguing areas to play are important if we're to supply teenagers with tough, versatile, inclusive and. Read more...
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Photos taken at various stages are great for ‘before and after’ comparisons. Do take plenty at the beginning as it can be really motivating to be reminded of just how much progress you have made, especially if energy starts to flag. Children’s own records of the processes they are involved in tie in really well with the various areas of the more formal curriculum. Most important of all, any documentation showing the community of the setting coming together to develop a space for children really shows how much it is valued.
Manipulating natural and fabricated materials. ■ Stimulation of the five senses. ■ Experiencing change in the natural and built environment. ■ Social interaction. ■ Playing with identity. ■ Experiencing a range of emotions. (NPFA, 2000: 35, adapted from Hughes, 1996) Significantly this provides a broader understanding of a play environment as a place which offers a range of opportunities, rather than being purely a set of physical features. This was developed further in relation to inclusion, drawing on action research (Casey, 2005) citing five significant characteristics of a play environment which support inclusion.
Just as shared memories are planted with the planting of trees and hedges, shared experiences are embedded in the collective memory of the setting’s community. Make a conscious effort to create photo albums and display boards, to send stories to the local paper, create a website or email pictures back to everyone who has contributed. Understanding the space available Having identified a site for development, and taken an overview of how to proceed, the next step is to look at the site in far greater detail to really understand it.