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Children, Play and Creativity

Dates: July 5, 2019 – July 27, 2019

Location: Humber North Campus

Play is the foundation of all learning in childhood. Healthy development is dependent upon the opportunities presented to children in responsive, inclusive, inquiry and play-based programs. Observation is a valuable tool for understanding and interpreting play and the holistic development of children. Historical and current theories and research through a hands-on approach will be explored to illustrate how the Early Childhood Educator fosters the development of creativity through indoor and outdoor responsive and inclusive play-based experiences.

What You’ll Learn

  1. Construct an understanding of the importance and value of an inquiry-and play-based approach to development and learning in early childhood to inform views of the whole child;
  2. Differentiate theories, characteristics, types, functions, and stages of play to facilitate the creation of environments and experiences that encourage exploration and learning;
  3. Deconstruct how one’s own perspectives of play shape attitudes towards learning through play and creativity to inform an understanding of the role of the educator;
  4. Use current research to understand that quality inquiry-and play-based responsive and inclusive experiences rely on practices that are relevant and evidence-based;
  5. Introduce and apply an understanding of key components of the inquiry-and play-based approach to inform the design and implementation of learning experiences for indoor, outdoor, and natural environments;
  6. Apply play-based experiences to understand the importance of nurturing the creative process in children and adults;
  7. Use responsive inclusive teaching strategies to enhance spontaneous and planned experiences, considering indoor, outdoor, and natural environments.