GUIDED OUTDOOR PLAY: A HOLISTIC APPROACH STRATEGY FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION IN NIGERIA

Janet Motunrayo Eseyin, Prof. Mary P. Haggai, Prof. Beatrice A. Bahago

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The problem of teaching and learning in early childhood programmes in Nigeria is that prominent attention has been given to knowledge acquisition through drilling and recitation. This is inappropriate for early childhood education. The purpose of this paper is to propose a strategy that teachers/caregivers can use for teaching, learning and development in early childhood programme. The strategy is the holistic approach which incorporates learning and development in cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual development of the child as they all integrate together. Since child’s development cannot be fragmented into health, nutrition, education, social, emotional and spiritual areas of development and learning, as progress in one area affects progress in others. The approach cited in this paper therefore discusses namely:  holistic education, guided outdoor play and presented a holistic approach to the care of all aspects of child’s learning and development. Some recommendations are made which emphasized that teaching and learning in early childhood should be holistic approach to education. This approach according to this paper integrate a teaching practice that focus less on traditional milestones of academic development but more on the complete physical, emotional, cognitive, social and spiritual well-being of the child.

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Guided outdoor play, holistic approach, strategy, early childhood education, Nigeria

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