Qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit: Unit 3.2: Plan, lead and review play opportunities which support children’s learning and development in relation to current frameworks
Learning outcome: Be able to review how planned play opportunities contribute to own practice
Assessment criteria: Make recommendations for the next stage of children’s learning and development in relation to planned play opportunities
Following a planned play opportunity, it is essential to use your experience and observations to make recommendations for the next stage of children’s learning and development. This information can then be used to inform the next round of planned play opportunities.
For example, if you observed that a child spent a lot of time making plasticine animals, and got upset when it was time to end the activity, you may want to ensure that resources for this activity are easily accessible for the child in the future. Similarly, you may make a note of the child’s interest in animals and tailor future activities to be based on an animal theme.
You should also look at a child’s current knowledge and skills and make recommendations about what support they might need to advance to a higher level, in line with their age and stage of development. For example, you may recommend that a pre-schooler be supported to develop the tripod grip when holding a pencil or crayon.