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Playful Learning In Early Childhood Education in Finland (2022)

Karvonen, P., Ukkonen-Mikkola, T., Fenyvesi, K., Salonen, M., Erkkilä, P., Laine, E., Hellden-Paavola, S., & Taittonen, L. (2022). Playful Learning In Early Childhood Education in Finland. Otava.

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Karvonen, Pirkko; Ukkonen-Mikkola, Tuulikki; Fenyvesi, Kristof; Salonen, Milla; Erkkilä, Päivi; Laine, Elina; Hellden-Paavola, Susanna; Taittonen, Laura

ISBN: 978-951-1-43042-1

Publication year: 2022

Number of pages in the book: 235

Publisher: Otava

Place of Publication: Helsinki

Publication country: Finland

Publication language: English

Publication open access: Not open

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This book is intended for all persons working with children aged 0-7 years and who do the vital work, for instance, in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) centres, kindergartens, nurseries or schools. This book is also an excellent tool for training ECEC teachers. The focus of the book is to describe early childhood education and care in Finland from a theoretical and practical perspective. The book contains over 100 practical and playful activities for children under seven years of age. The authors give concrete examples and ideas for how to implement activities with children to learn through play. The book is based on the Finnish pedagogical practices, scientific research, and development projects from ECEC and is also based on Finnish National Core Curriculum for ECEC.

Keywords: early childhood education and care; preschool education; elementary education; children (age groups); preschoolers (age group); learning; playing (children's games); child development; day care centres; pedagogy; curricula

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2022

Last updated on 2022-08-12 at 00:23