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Play-based learning

Developmentally appropriate practices like play-based learning are valuable for strengthening many areas of development and learning. This topic aims to show how play-based learning can help support young children’s learning of social-emotional skills, general cognitive development, and self-regulation abilities. It also helps to clarify the relationship between play and academic learning.

Young children growing up in the 21st century are known to be active users of technologies. Technology use by young children has introduced a new concept into early childhood education and care – that of digital play.

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