Greg Bottrill (Author of Can I Go and Play Now?)
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Can I Go and Play Now? Rethinking The Early Years by Greg Bottrill 9781526423276
Enquire today. A key element is an all-staff training day every year. The team brings in an expert, and the day is dedicated to best practice, learning new skills, or exploring a different approach. Last week, the nurseries welcomed author and trainer Greg Bottrill for a full day of workshopping and discussion. I think also it works as a title for adults. Many Early Years educators know the value of play but are constricted by schools in particular, so it could equally be their voice too.
We caught up with Greg to ask him all about his book and his thoughts on Early Years education. Tell us a little about it. Having been lucky enough to work in the Early Years sector I found myself increasingly reflecting on what it is schools actually do with children all day and how we might begin to consider doing things differently. In many settings I saw children being pulled away from their play to do activity-led learning with an adult and this began to jar with what I saw as the richness of child led learning. One evening last year I got chatting to someone who worked for Sage Publishing about schools and my pedagogy and they were so excited by my approach they invited me to pitch a book. It also might apply to adults too. Too often teachers are under pressure to get results and are guided into trying to achieve these through formalised top-down approaches.
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If you are a teacher within the Early Years or KS1, there must have been a time when you have called a child to the table to complete some work with you and they have replied with — can I go and play now? He provides the skills children need within that adventure and then he lets them continue with their adventure. No child wants to go on your adventure! Everyone wants to go on a journey, but their own journey. Children learn so much more from going on their own adventures. Every Roald Dahl books shows the importance of children.
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This is a highly readable book with a very personal slant which makes it appealing and engaging. The author 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. These show just how wide-ranging and practical the book is - and always the child is at the heart of everything. Reassuring and empowering - a book to make you think and build confidence. Selected this text for our newly verified Play in the 21st Century Module and it has proved very useful with lots of pointers and ideas for the students to reflect on.