Why make time for play?
This information sheet provides support for play providers to advocate for staffed play provision. It shows why playing is so important and explores the benefits of staffed play provision for children and the wider community.

Promoting physical activity through outdoor play in early years settings

This information sheet explores how playing contributes to children’s physical activity levels and how early years practitioners can provide permission, time and space, as well as making materials available, for children to play outdoors. It also provides practical advice on thinking sensibly about health and safety.

Participation and consulting with children

Participation in the playwork context is about ‘the process of sharing decisions which affect one’s life and the life of the community in which one lives’ (Hart 1992).

We must stop stealing childhood in the name of education

Our children struggle to have a childhood with freedom, with moments of joy and delight, in the company of passionate experienced educators. Quite frankly, it is heartbreaking...Maggie Dent discusses returning play to its rightful place


UNICEF - The State of the Worlds Children reports

Each year, UNICEF’s flagship publication, The State of the World's Children, closely examines a key issue affecting children. The report includes supporting data and statistics and is available in French and Spanish language versions


American Journal of play 

The American Journal of Play® is a forum for discussing the history, science, and culture of play. The Journal aims to increase awareness and understanding of the role of playing.


The Future of Children: Children and Computer Technology: Analysis and Recommendations

Authors: Margie K. Shields Richard E. Behrman

The risks and benefits of use.


Managing Risk in Play Provision: Implementation guide

By: Play England

Play providers often tell us they need to strike a balance between the risks and the benefits of offering children challenging play opportunities.



By: Aric Sigman

The biological implications of ‘social networking’


A happy talent

By: Children's commissioner in Wales

Disabled children and young people’s access to play in Wales 2007: a review of local authority strategies.


Social and Emotional Education. An International Analysis

By: Christopher Clouder et al

Fundación Marcelino Botín Report 2008


It’s all about play...

By: Early Childhood Forum

Play is critically important to children’s development, healthy growth, well-being, creativity and ability to learn.


Eurochild Newsletters

By: Eurochild

Eurochild is an active network of organisations and individuals working in and across Europe to improve the quality of life of children and young people.


Play for a Change: Play, Policy and Practice: A review of contemporary perspectives.

Written by Stuart Lester and Wendy Russell

Play England presents a comprehensive review of the evidence underpinning current thinking on play. It provides a detailed analysis of research and literature published since 2001 to support contemporary understanding of the importance of play, and how this relates to social policy and practice.


Published Research and Reports from Individual Schools following use of The INPP Test Battery and Developmental Exercise Programme for use in Schools

By: Sally Goddard Blythe MSc. FRSA



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