Course Description

Are you troubled by the rough and sometimes aggressive way children play and interact? Do you worry about injuries and bullying when children are fighting? Is it challenging to try and restrict physical play?  You may be surprised to learn that experts believe that educator attempts to limit big body and rough and tumble play may be jeopardizing children’s development and well-being in many ways. Children don’t just want to play rough and tumble, they NEED to play fight to learn very important skills to read social cues and self-regulate in order to become socially competent. How can educators support this important play while also assuring fairness and safety? Learn the difference between play and real fighting and the skills children need to learn to participate successfully in big body play.

EYPDC Program Development and Early Years Consultant

Jan Blaxall, MASc, RECE, AECEO.C

Jan has 30 years of teaching Early Childhood Education courses at Fanshawe College, London, Ontario and Conestoga College, Kitchener, Ontario. Jan has co-authored an ECE textbook, Children at the Centre: Principles of Early Childhood Education in Canada and is a regular contributor to the Canadian Child Care Federation's Journal, Interaction. She is on the editorial board of IDEAS - Emotional Well-being in Child Care. Jan served as a member of Ontario's Expert Panel on an Early Learning Framework, for Ontario's Ministry of Children and Youth Services. She works with the Psychology Foundation of Canada, promoting children's emotional wellness.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Rough and Tumble Play - What? and Why?

    • Why would we encourage rough and tumble?

  • 2

    Rough and Tumble Play or Real Fighting? How can we tell?

    • Differences between rough and tumble and real fighting

  • 3

    Overcoming Concerns about Rough and Tumble

    • Changing our Thinking

  • 4

    Educator's role when encouraging Rough and Tumble

    • How Educators can support rough and tumble

  • 5

    Alternative Big Body Fun!

    • Alternative Big Body Fun

Reviews

5 star rating

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Katie Robichaud

I believe this information is needed to expand future ECE's along with other support staff in the ECE field. Incredibly informative and gives reason to why c...

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I believe this information is needed to expand future ECE's along with other support staff in the ECE field. Incredibly informative and gives reason to why children crave this type of play as much as they do.

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