Winner of the 2013 Nursery World Awards!
This is a key text for all those studying for degrees and foundation degrees in early childhood, early years and related disciplines and for candidates on EYPS pathways. It takes the reader through a detailed exploration of the nature of play examining the features and the concepts of play. Guidance on the observation of children's play is included and the text encourages students to appreciate the value of play in development and in socialisation. Children's rights and the ownership of play are also covered. With interactive activities and case studies throughout, the text helps students to arrive at an understanding of their own practice in relation to play.
About the Early Years series
This series has been designed to support students of Early Years, Early Childhood Studies and related disciplines in popular modules of their course. Each text takes a focused look at a specific topic and approaches it in an accessible and user-friendly way. Features have been developed to help readers engage with the text and understand the subject from a number of different viewpoints. Activities pose questions to prompt thought and discussion and 'Theory Focus' boxes examine essential theory close-up for better understanding. This series is also applicable to EYPS candidates on all pathways.
Other titles in the series are Early Childhood Studies, Childhood in Society for Early Childhood Studies and Child Observation for the Early Years.
Mandy Andrews is a senior lecturer in Early Childhood at the University of Worcester on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Formerly a Play Officer for a local authority she has a range of children's play experience from running an adventure playground and environmental play activities, through to community play projects and running a large Children's Centre in Cornwall before moving to the University of Worcester. Mandy has also been a playwork trainer for many years supporting programmes in Buckinghamshire, Reading, and Cornwall. She has undertaken research into children's play in early years settings, outdoors and at the Eden Project and continues to pursue a research interest in this area.
Introduction PART ONE - WHAT IS PLAY? Identifying features of play Understanding concepts of play Historical perspectives and principles Observing play PART TWO: THE BENEFITS OF PLAY The value of play in child development Play and social development Play, creativity and risk Contexts for play PART THREE: CHILDREN'S RIGHTS AND THE OWNERSHIP OF PLAY The ownership of play: Play space, play cues and play actions Developing a Pedagogy for Play Conclusion: Play IS for life, not just for nursery