Play and Pupil's Growth and Development in Early Childhood Education in Katito Zone in Lower Nyakach, Nyakach District, Nyanza Province Kenya

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Kampala International University, College of Education
This is a study on the play and child growth and development in ECDE in Katito zone, lower Nyakach Division, Nyakach District, and Nyanza Province in Kenya. Play and childhood learning are too sides of the same coin as any child likes playing regardless of his status and the conditions at hand. The researcher thought it as necessary to carry out a research project on how much play is included in the programmes of learning in these ECDE classes. How the teaching community and the family perceive play and learning - following the means score syndrome in the Kenya as a country? The researcher tried to find out this under the following research objectives. The teachers and family knowledge towards play and learning, the importance of play, some hindrance to play and learning and lastly the social relationship between the parent, teachers and their children and learners play in the ECDE class. In achieving the above purpose the researcher used the descriptive survey method. Data was collected using questionnaire and interview guides being the main instruments. A sample of respondents was taken from the target population using simple random sampling, convenient sampling and purposive sampling where possible - (92%) of the sampled population participated in the study and prompted the research to collect data and analyze it. The data was analyzed using both qualitative and qualitative approaches. Quantitatively the statistical analysis was done in chatis, figures, tables of frequency distribution and percentages while the discussion part of the data was done qualitatively. The study found out that both the teacher and ECDE parents in Katito Zone have enough knowledge on the importance of play both in learning and to the individual preschooler. That the social relationship between both the parents and teachers and their preschooler is much positive and that play is really being used as a method of teaching in these ECDE classes though it faces some hindrances like lack of finance, valuable time, material, enough government support and some opposing negative assumption. The researcher therefore concludes that if only the government could join hands fully to support the ECDE sector, then play and learning in this zone would have a more and better or rather viii improved face, yielding competent future citizens. The researcher recommends that the government should be strict on the rules on registration of ECD centre and the employment of only qualified and trained teachers to deal with these young children for early years are the most important years in individual life. Other researchers are also recommended to carry out studies in other levels of education on play and learning in order for quality and quantity service in Katito Zone and Kenya as a whole.
A research report Presented to the Institute of Open and distance learning International University Kampala, Uganda in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of education in early childhood and primary education
Pupil's Growth, Development, Early Childhood Education, Kenya