Play and its effects on early childhood education acase study of Siranga Primary School, Ukwala Division, Ugenya District- Kenya.

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Kampala International University ,College of Education
The purpose of the study was to investigate the importance of playing on the early childhood education in Siranga primary school, Ukwala Division, Ugenya 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 achievements, problem solving, social and egoistic competence confidence building and health development and to identify the hindrance to children’s playing the methods used to data collection were questionnaires to the teachers and focus groups discussions with the parents. The finding indicated that playing had positive effect on the performance of early childhood children, playing helps children learn how to solve problems: it also indicated that children who play learn to be confident and it indicated that lack of enough playing materials were the major hindrance to children 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 the curriculum by involving children in playing activities.
A research report submitted to the college of open and distance studies in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the award of degree in primary education of Kampala International University
Early Childhood, Education