Play and quality in early childhood: Educating superheroes and fairy princesses


Author(s): Dr C. Glenn Cupit
Published: 2013
Pages: 32
ECA Code: RIP 1303

Play has always been an essential part of early education and care. The National Quality Standard 1.2.2 says: ‘Educators respond to children’s ideas and play and use intentional teaching to scaffold and extend each child’s learning’ (ACECQA, 2011).

Play and quality in early childhood: Educating superheroes and fairy princesses looks at the transition in child’s play from generations, the impact of media and technologies, children’s imagination, general advice, safety and the pros and cons of superhero and fairy play.


The chapters in this book cover such topics as:

  • Play and playscripts in early childhood
  • Characteristics of playscripts from different sources
  • Reasons for and characteristics of superhero and fairy play
  • Why some playscripts are very popular with children
  • Negative aspects of superheroes and fairies
  • The importance of observing superhero and fairy play.

Superhero and fairyplay forms are so attractive to so many children suggests that they fulfil genuine needs for the children involved. Consequently, it is important that educators value and address the needs the play expresses.

A truly educational response is to seek ways to transform superhero and fairy play into what we consider to be stimulating quality play. Even media sourced play can be used to foster positive development if guided and nurtured into scripts that are more flexible, creative and negotiated. To do so involves hard work, careful thinking and loads of imagination. But quality early childhood educative care always demands those.

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