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let the children play
yesterday at 07:17. Facebook
let the children play
12/05/2016 at 07:43. Facebook
"I wonder if there will come a time, when this celebration is completely in the hands of the children – and to be honest, it’s what I strive for. We still seem to take it on in our adult capacity quite a bit. We’re still learning. That’s what I like about us."

That's what I like about them too!

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What do they really want?

let the children play
12/05/2016 at 07:28. Facebook
The many different lives of hair rollers in early childhood settings!

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13 Ways to Use Velcro Hair Rollers

let the children play
12/05/2016 at 07:21. Facebook
Now this is a fabulous shelter!
Mud, shovels and a big hole. It doesn't get much better than that!
Outdoor kitchen loving.

This looks to be a thriving place for mixing, pouring, transferring, experimenting, collaborating, imagining and creating. Look at how rich it is in "ingredients" and utensils. Too often we forget to stock up an area with the raw materials for play.
Another oldie but a goodie. This is my Charlie, when he was 3 or 4 and at a preschool that ventured beyond the gate and into the bush to play. He came home filthy, but loved every minute of it!
Women are exploited because of our capacity to put others’ needs ahead of our own. We are underpaid because we care – and we’re angry

Childcare workers are underpaid because we’re women. We are the working poor | Margaret Carey

Too cold for outdoor play you say? Not on your nelly!
Loose parts on the loose!
When is a simple margarine container more than a simple margarine container?
An oldie but a goodie.
Every preschool room needs a myriad of quality blocks and intriguing open ended materials - and the space to explore and create with them. Look at what the lucky children at this centre have to work with:

(PS I'm a little bit in love with the seats made from piles of old newspapers!)
Don't be lured by shiny bells and whistles in child care settings - "...the most sophisticated educational toys are often less effective than simply playing, talking, singing, and cuddling."

The quality of educator practice, consistency in staffing, educator-child ratios beyond the minimum and an emphasis on building respectful, reciprocal relationships are key indicators of a commitment to...
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You all know how much I love a good loose parts article!

Loose Parts: These are a Few of my Favourite Things!

If I was a child, this is where I would want to spend my summer days.
Christmas memories from the Let the Children Play blog: Introducing the Christmas Spider Web.

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Christmas Spiderweb

This is such a wonderful project to get behind:

"Support to build Bengaluru’s First Nature Play Environment!
Red Soil Nature Play will create a new wave in early childhood education by laying the foundation stone for the nature and forest school movement in Urban India."

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Red Soil Nature Play