Analyse how philosophical approaches to play inform practice

Qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit: Unit 3.3: Apply theoretical perspectives and philosophical approaches to play
Learning outcome: Understand philosophical approaches which influence play provision
Assessment criteria: Analyse how philosophical approaches to play inform practice


For this assessment criterion, you will be required to analyse and discuss how the philosophical approaches to play that we explored in the previous section inform Early Years practice.

We have summarised some of the ways that the principles of each philosophical approach translate to practice in the table below:

ApproachHow it informs practice
FroebelOutdoor areas
Rhyme and song
Natural materials
McMillanOutdoor areas
Physical health and hygiene
MontessoriChild-initiated play
Child-centred planning
Accessible resources
IsaacsChild-initiated play
Imaginative play
SteinerChild-initiated play
Child-centred planning
Hands-on practical experience
BruceAll play should be valued
Free-flow play
EmiliaChild-initiated play
Working in partnership with parents/carers
PiklerChild-initiated play
Freedom of movement (free-flow)
Kind and respectful relationships between adult and child (Key Worker)
The Curiosity ApproachFreedom to explore (free-flow)
Natural objects and materials
Forest SchoolsOutdoor areas
Natural objects and materials
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