This accessible and focused text for early childhood studies and early years students takes the reader through a detailed exploration of the nature of play. It begins by examining definitions of play and supports students to understand some of the key concepts of play. It goes on to consider the benefits of play, creativity and risk and the contexts for play. The final section considers children's rights and the adult role in the facilitation of play. Interactive activities and theory focus features are included throughout, helping students to arrive at an understanding of their own practice in relation to play.
PART ONE - WHAT IS PLAY?
Identifying features of play
Understanding concepts of play
Historical perspectives and principles
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