Early Childhood
Education and Care News
November 19, 2019
Welcome, this week loose parts play and how it unleashes the amazing creativity in children. Also, the role of early childhood settings in preventing family violence, in a week where we mark White Ribbon Day.
Hit the creative play button with loose parts
If you've ever seen the magic a child creates with a plain cardboard box, infusing it with spaceship capabilities, building a house or transforming it into a large hat that makes them disappear, you can start to grasp the idea of 'loose parts' play.

Architect Simon Nicholson, devised the term in his article, How NOT to Cheat Children – The Theory of Loose Parts (1971). Mr Nicholson believed that in any environment the amount of creativity and inventiveness is directly related to the number of variables in it.

Basically, the more materials there are, the more children interact with them to create and experiment in their play, empowering them to explore the world around them. His theory has influenced architects, play space designers as well as early childhood educators.
The role of early childhood educators in preventing family violence
Our society is still plagued by violence against women. For too many people, a reminder is not needed. New Zealand has the worst reported rates of sexual and domestic violence in the OECD, and in Australia, family, domestic and sexual violence continues to be a major issue.

The problem is entirely preventable, but the origins lie much further back than the first time someone raises a hand in violence.
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