Play and Its effects on Early Childhood Education in the Selected Primary Schools, Muranga South District, Kenya.

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Kampala International University, College of Education, Open and Distance Learning.
The purpose of the study was to investigate the Effectiveness of Play on Early Childhood Development in ECDE Centers of Maragwa Division, Murang'a South District Kenya The specific objectives of the study were to Determine the profile of the respondents in regards to: age, gender and academic level, to investigate the importance of playing in regards to: academic achievement, problem solving, social and linguistic competence Confidence building and Healthy development and to identify the hindrances to children's playing The methods used for data collection were questionnaires to the teachers and focus group discussion with the parents. The findings indicated that playing had a positive effect on the performance of early childhood children, playing helped children learn how to solve problems, it also indicated that children who play learn to trust people and in the process learn to be confident and indicated that lack of enough playing materials was the major hindrance to children's play Government should make sure early childhood centers have enough and strong playing materials before they are licensed. The community and parents should be sensitized about the importance of playing so that they also participate in children's playing activities . Schools should make sure they fulfill what is in the curriculum by involving children in playing activities.
A research report submitted to the Institute of Open and Distance Studies in Partial fulfillment of the Requirement for the Award of Degree of Bachelor of Education (ECPE) of Kampala International University.
Early Childhood Education, Effects, Play, Primary Schools, Muranga South District, Kenya