Play of Preschool Children As an Indicator of Readiness for Enrolment in Elementary School


The preschool age is a period of play. Children spend most of the day playing and play is a source of precious opportunities for their development. An important milestone in the life of the child is enrolment in elementary school and preparation for this important period. Since 2017, the last year of preschool education has been compulsory in the Czech Republic. This places a greater emphasis on children’s readiness for compulsory education and teachers’ diagnostic skills. Teachers should not forget that children behave naturally during play. The objective of the study was therefore to describe the current play of preschool children not only as children’s need and naturalness, but also as a means of assessment of children’s readiness for compulsory education. The main method was a video-study of play of children aged 5 to 6 years in mainstream kindergartens in Olomouc. A qualitative research design was used. The paper was supported by the following project: ‘Play as a means of preparation of the child for compulsory education’ IGA_PdF_2018_017.

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Eva Šmelová, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic
Alena Berčíková, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic
Alena Vavrdová, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic

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Conference: ECE2018
Stream: Educational Research, Development & Publishing

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