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Play in Childcare
Detail: The Australian Government has replaced its politically correct curriculum for children in daycare and replaced it with a family-friendly guide emphasizing the importance of play.

The revised “early years learning framework,” to be introduced nationally on July 1, replaces the original description of child's play as “a space for politics and power relations,” with “play enables children to simply enjoy being''.

The new edition states that play “can also provide opportunities for children to learn as they discover, create, improvise and imagine…(They) use play to investigate, imagine and try out ideas.''

Additionally, the curriculum replaces academic jargon with user-friendly suggestions concerning children and the environment. The framework suggests children care for the environment by recycling, gardening, turning off running taps and cleaning up litter. Further, it highlights the importance of playing outdoors, storytelling, drawing and singing nursery rhymes.
Source: Based on “Play in, politics out for childcare” by Natasha Bita in The Australian, Thursday, April 2, 2009
Date: April 10 2009