A play-based curriculum is described by Van Hoorn as a curriculum “that uses the power of play to foster children’s development… in which teachers take an active role in balancing spontaneous play, guided play and teacher-directed activities. ” (Van Hoorn, J, 2011 p3) Based on the definitions of play provided, offering play at the centre of the curriculum is important because it is built upon by the strengths of a child, rather than their weaknesses, creating the building blocks to encourage the...
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