https://ogma.newcastle.edu.au/vital/access/ /manager/Index ${session.getAttribute("locale")} 5 Play: Challenging educators' beliefs about play in the indoor and outdoor environment https://ogma.newcastle.edu.au/vital/access/ /manager/Repository/uon:30501 Early Years Learning Framework adopts a play-based approach to children's growth and development, though says little about adult roles or intentionality in play. This paper draws from recent research that explored educators' beliefs and understandings in their roles as intentional teachers within indoor and outdoor learning environments. Findings highlighted differences between role and responsibility perceptions whereby educators shifted roles from teacher to supervisor between contexts. Drawing on Vygotsky's sociocultural approach that regards play as a social event and the leading source of development, promoting cognitive, emotional and social development in young children (Connery, John-Steiner & Marjanovic-Shane, 2010), we believe that a re-examination of the role of the educator in children's play requires specific attention. Finally, based on the research, we contest the notion of 'free play'. This paper suggests that by acknowledging the role of the educator as an intentional teacher both indoors and outdoors, and emphasising the complexity of the educator role, a more robust definition of play that is reflective of contemporary early childhood context and curricula can evolve to strengthen educator understand and practice.]]> Sat 24 Mar 2018 07:26:45 AEDT ]]> Impact of scheduling multiple free-play periods in childcare on child moderate-to-vigorous physical activity: a cluster randomised trial https://ogma.newcastle.edu.au/vital/access/ /manager/Repository/uon:32026 Mon 23 Sep 2019 11:59:16 AEST ]]>