For specific information about Anji Play, the people and organizations involved, the services and resources we offer, etc. please visit the relevant sections of this website. Please also send your specific questions to us so that we can update our FAQs to answer the most frequently asked questions.
What is the teacher-child ratio in Anji?
Most large public early childhood programs in Anji have classes divided by age (3s and 4s, 4s and 5s, and 5s and 6s). Most of these classess have approximately 30 children with one lead teacher, one assistant teacher, and one helper, who is responsible for tasks like cleaning, child self-care routines, and watching children during nap time.
Is Anji Play based on other approaches or theories?
The practice and philosophy of Anji Play, including specific materials and principles, were developed by Ms. Cheng Xueqin and the educators of Anji County through deeply engaged observation of children. They were not advised by experts, nor were their decision-making or conclusions guided in any way by pre-existing theories of early education. Ms. Cheng and her educators did not have access to Western theories of education and learning, and instead returned to the true source of knowledge, the self-determined child. The practice of Anji Play reflects many specific aspects of developmentally appropriate best practice that many non-Anji Play practitioners and practices also embrace. Among other things, Anji Play values love, risk, joy, engagement, reflection, relationships, nature, social and emotional safety, creativity, math, science, literacy, expression, problem solving, deep learning, and every other expected outcome of an optimal experience of childhood.
Can I visit Anji Play Pilot Programs outside of Anji County, in the States for instance?
Public programs like the Wild Rumpus in Madison, WI are open to everyone. But because much of the work of the piloting process is internal and incremental, we do not encourage school-based pilot programs to host visitors interested in learning about Anji Play. As Demonstration Programs define their protocols for site visits, they will make their availability for visits know through the channels of their choice.
Is there any research on the effectivness of Anji Play?
Please see our Research section.
What is your organization? Who are you?
Please see our People and Organizations section.
Is Anji Play supported by any specific governmental organization(s) or corporation(s)?
No. The practice of Anji Play was developed at the grass-roots by educators at the county level. Government supported organizations, and for profit institutions are encouraged to adopt, employ or advocate for the values of the Anji Play philosophy and approach. Moreover government organizations, including publicly funded early childhood programs, and private philanthropic organizations may formally adopt the approach. However Anji Education, Inc. does not receive and has not received any investment, direct or indirect, from any government or private or public organization.
Can I visit Anji outside of published Study Tour dates?
No. Out of respect for the children, educators, and communities of Anji County, we limit our visits and any potential disruptions to the published Study Tour dates. We appreciate your understanding.
Can I call my program "Anji Play Inspired”?
We hope that all educators reflect on their work based on the important experiences and lessons offered by Anji Play. Nevertheless, Anji Play is a specific practice, and includes specific materials and protocols. Therefore we ask that programs not in direct contact with Anji Education, Inc. or the Anji Childhood Education Research Center do not describe their programs as “Anji Play” programs or as “Anji Play Inspired.”
Can I buy ladders or other Anji Play materials?
Anji Play materials are made available on a case-by-case basis to non-pilot programs. In order to purchase official Anji Play materials, you must first complete a one hour phone interview. Completion of the interview does not guarantee the availability of materials for purchase.
Can you visit our program or provide professional development for our staff or community?
Yes. Please learn more about learning opportunities here.