A parent's perspective of the value of play in early childhood education programs

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  • Play has always been an important component of childhood development. However, there is presently a decline in the amount of play occurring in early childhood both at home and in the classroom. This is, in part, due to families pushing for high academic standards and traditional learning settings for their children. This study, informed by narrative inquiry methodology (Clandinin, 2013; Clandinin & Connelly, 2000), aims to explore the question, "What is a parent's perspective of the value of play in Early Childhood Education programs? I endeavored to more deeply understand the value of play in Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs from the perspective of a parent, regardless of the structure a program demands. Through an extensive review of the literature, I aimed to find a relationship between play experiences and the development of academic, fine and gross motor, self-regulatory and social skills in early childhood. I learned that, as students engage in play-based activities they explore language and communication skills, learn to problem solve, and develop critical thinking skills (Fesseha & Pyle, 2016).

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    Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International