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Supporting Under 3s Through Discovery Play
Babies and Toddlers learn through discovery. As they explore the world around them, they make connections and create understandings. Sometimes during this process they do things that drive us crazy (such as pulling all of the blocks off the shelf or tipping out baskets of toys or throwing things!) By understanding and facilitating discovery play in meaningful and authentic ways, we provide under 3s with the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge and make sense of the world. In this session, attendees will learn about schemas–what are they, why are they important, and how do I plan with them in mind? We will also explore the concept of treasure baskets and heuristic play, as well as the importance of sensory play for infants and toddlers. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of the way in which infants and toddlers play, and practical strategies and ideas for supporting that play in their program and environments.
Discuss why schema are important and the developmental impact on children
Gain practical strategies and tools for reflecting on their work with children
Discuss other types of discovery play, including sensory play and art with babies and toddlers
Curriculum Or Program Design
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Beginner / Intermediate
Family Child Care Providers
Child Care Center Teachers
Child Care Center Directors
Head Start Administrators
Early Head Start Teachers
Service Coordination Staff
Technical Assistance Specialists
Age Group Focus
Infants (birth to 12 months)
Toddlers (12 months to 36 months)
National Administrator Credential Approved
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