In this session, Liz will draw upon recent research to illustrate some ways in which the interests children develop within their everyday lives can be rich contexts for curriculum making. Liz will discuss some ways in which a deeper understanding of interests can enable practitioners to:

· Tune into the motivations and purposes that underpin children’s play;

· Build a curriculum with children, based upon respect for children as being competent and knowledgeable;

· Create broad, balanced and playful learning experiences that are responsive to children’s diverse interests, experiences and ideas.

Liz Chesworth is a lecturer at the University of Sheffield where she directs the Masters in Early Childhood Education. She has worked in the field of early childhood education for 26 years, during which she has taught in nurseries, children’s centres, primary schools and universities. Liz’s current research focuses upon play, curriculum-making and creative pedagogies.

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