ERIC Number: ED463047
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Recess and the Importance of Play. A Position Statement on Young Children and Recess.
National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education.
In this position statement, the National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education asserts that recess is an essential component of education and that preschool and elementary school children must have the opportunity to participate in regular periods of active, free play with peers. The statement summarizes research on the benefits of recess and play on social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development; delineates current concerns about the elimination of recess by many schools; and offers recommendations about recess and the young child. Recommendations include the following: (1) support policies that require recess time to be part of the preschool and elementary school curriculum; and (2) support research and professional development that facilitate every educator's skills in observation and assessment of the developmental growth of children through the play process. Appended to the statement are a position paper from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education on recess in elementary schools, and a statement on the value of school recess and outdoor play from the National Association for the Education of Young Children. (Contains 40 references.) (EV)
Descriptors: Child Development, Childhood Needs, Cognitive Development, Elementary Education, Emotional Development, Outdoor Activities, Physical Activities, Physical Development, Play, Playground Activities, Position Papers, Preschool Education, Recess Breaks, Social Development, Young Children
NAECS/SDE, Center for At-Risk Education, Colorado State Department of Education, 201 E. Colfax Avenue, Rm. 408, Denver, CO 80203. Tel: 303-866-6674; Fax: 303-866-6662.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education.
Identifiers: National Association Early Childhood Specialists