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101 Dance Games for Children: Fun and Creativity with Movement


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Rooyackers, Paul|Hurd, Cecilia

This collection of games combines dance and play in ways that release children’s natural spontaneity. Children are encouraged to interact and express how they feel in creative fantasies and without words in meeting and greeting games, cooperation games, story dances, party dances, and more. All games emphasize the importance of no-blame activities and help children develop self-esteem, personality, sociability, relaxation, and physical health. Search

Ambiguity of Play, The


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Sutton-Smith, Brian

Every child knows what it means to play, but the rest of us can merely speculate. Is it a kind of adaptation, teaching us skills, inducting us into certain communities? Is it power, pursued in games of prowess? Fate, deployed in games of chance? Daydreaming, enacted in art? Or is it just frivolity? Brian Sutton-Smith, a leading proponent of play theory, considers each possibility as it has been proposed, elaborated, and debated in disciplines from biology, psychology, and education to metaphysics, mathematics, and sociology.Sutton-Smith focuses on play theories rooted in seven distinct “rhetorics”–the ancient discourses of Fate, Power, Communal Identity, and Frivolity and the modern discourses of Progress, the Imaginary, and the Self. In a sweeping analysis that moves from the question of play in child development to the implications of play for the Western work ethic, he explores the values, historical sources, and interests that have dictated the terms and forms of play put forth in each discourse’s “objective” theory.This work reveals more distinctions and disjunctions than affinities, with one striking exception: however different their descriptions and interpretations of play, each rhetoric reveals a quirkiness, redundancy, and flexibility. In light of this, Sutton-Smith suggests that play might provide a model of the variability that allows for “natural” selection. As a form of mental feedback, play might nullify the rigidity that sets in after successful adaption, thus reinforcing animal and human variability. Further, he shows how these discourses, despite their differences, might offer the components for a new social science of play. Search

Bringing Reggio Emilia Home: Innovative Approach to Early Childhood Education


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Cadwell, Louise Boyd

This is the first book to integrate the experience of a year-long internship in the preschools of Reggio, Italy, with a four-year adaptation effort in one American school. It is the compelling story of an American intern living and working alongside Italian educators and her attempts to bring the practices and values she learned home to a school in St. Louis, Missouri Pub: 11/97. Search

Btec National Early Years


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Nolan, Yvonne|Bulman, Kath|Tassoni, Penny

This textbook covers the BTEC National in Early Years. Written by a close-knit team of writers with expertise in child health, care and education, this title provides students with all the knowledge required to succeed on the course. The text contains underpinning theory, but makes links with actual child care practice so that students see the relevance of theory to their work with children. Assessment tasks, assignments and tests provides opportunities for students to meet all the learning outcomes of this course effectively. Search

Busker’s Guide to Playing Out, The


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Waters, Philip

“Outdoor play? Oh yes, we’ve bought some equipment for that…”· Why is playing outside important?· What can adults do to support children in playing outside?· What does a ‘good’ outdoor play space look like?· And why is ‘playing outside’ different to ‘outdoor play’?The Busker’s Guide to Playing Out explores the theoretical and practical considerations for why it is important for children to have access to outdoor spaces for their play. It examines types of outdoor play spaces and the resources which are found in them, and more importantly, offers guidance in how adults can help manage outdoor spaces and resources while also supporting children’s play. Search

Buskers Guide To Playwork, The


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Newstead, Shelly|Bennett, Chris

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Busker’s Guide to Risk, The


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Shelly, Newstead|Newstead, Shelly

“You just can’t let them do anything anymore you know…” – Why is risk important in children’s play? – How can we protect children’s play needs and protect children at the same time? – What is risk assessment and how can it help – rather than hinder – adults to provide great play for children? The Buskers Guide to Risk explores why risk shouldn’t be a four letter word when it comes to children’s play. It starts from the need and right of children to play in a way that involves not only physical, but also social and emotional risk, and encourages adults to think in practical terms about how to balance the need to protect children with the benefits of play. Search

Cache Entry Level 3


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Tassoni, Penny

This title is directly matched to the CACHE foundation learning entry 3/level 1 caring for children specification – to give students the coverage and content they need to succeed. Search

Child Care & Education


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Bruce, Tina|Meggitt, Carolyn

This textbook is written to cover the modular CACHE diploma and BTEC National Diploma in child care and education. All the core topics of the diploma are covered in full, with plenty of activities and exercises to engage students’ interest. Search

Child Care And Education


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Meggitt, Carolyn|Bruce, Tina

This textbook is written to cover the modular CACHE diploma and BTEC National Diploma in child care and education. All the core topics of the diploma are covered in full, with plenty of activities and exercises to engage students’ interest. Search

Child-Centred Play Therapy


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West, Janet

The value of play therapy in treating disturbed and/or abused children is becoming increasingly recognised. This book introduced the concept of play therapy, using case studies to address a range of theoretical and practical issues, including the practical requirements for play therapy, the type of children that may benefit from it, problem areas, evaluation and counselling. Search

Children’s Play


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Scarlett, W. George|Salonius-Pasternak, Dorothy|Ponte, Iris Chin|Naudeau, Sophie C.

Children’s Play looks at the many facets of play and how it develops from infancy through late childhood. Authors W. George Scarlett, Sophie Naudeau, Dorothy Salonius-Pasternak, and Iris Ponte take a broad approach to examining how children play by including a wide variety of types of play, play settings, and play media. The book also discusses major revolutions in the way today’s children play, including changes in organized youth sports, children’s humor, and electronic play. Children’s Play addresses diversity throughout the text and explores play on the topics of gender, disabilities, socioeconomic class, and culture. Search

Communication, Language and Literacy in the EYFS: Supporting the framework through the use of story


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Bradford, Helen|Helen, Bradford

The Practical Guidance in the Early Years Foundation Stage series will assist practitioners in the smooth and successful implementation of the Early Years Foundation Stage.Each book gives clear and detailed explanations of each aspect of Learning and Development and encourages readers to consider each area within its broadest context to expand and develop their own knowledge and good practice.Practical ideas and activities for all age groups are offered along with a wealth of expertise of how elements from the practice guidance can be implemented within all early years settings. The books include suggestions for the innovative use of everyday ressources, popular books and stories.Children’s early communication needs careful nurturing and support. Practitioners will be both challenged and supported by this book which focuses on the skills needed for language and literacy and all aspects of children’s interaction with others.The learning opportunities for children need to be relevant for their age group, realistic and challenging. This book gives readers clear explanations and practical ideas to help them establish firm foundations on which children can grow in confidence and become skilful communicators. Search

Contemporary Issues In The Early Years


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Pugh, Gillian|Duffy, Bernadette

This is essential reading for anyone with responsibility for taking the agenda of early childhood services forward’ – \n Nursery World \nSince the publication of Every Child Matters in 2003, and the enactment of the 2004 Children’s Act, children’s services in the UK have undergone – and continue to undergo – a sea change. With a focus on improving outcomes for all children, and of closing the gap between those who do well and those who do not, the importance of the early years of children’s lives and of supporting families through integrated service provision are now centre stage.Earlier editions of this book have argued for coherent policies for young children and for an expansion of high quality early childhood services. This edition reflects the many developments across the early childhood field in the past few years, with a particular emphasis on working together across agency boundaries to respond effectively to the needs of children and families. Much has been achieved, although there is still progress to be made.The book covers-policy and service development at national and local levels, including the broader children’s services agenda, as well as specific developments for young children, such as Sure Start and children’s centres-the international context for early childhood services-the development of frameworks for curriculum, for assessment and for inspection-the voice of the child, diversity and inclusion-working in multi-agency teams, and with parents-the impact of research-training and workforce issuesThis Fourth Edition is extensively revised and most of the chapters are completely new. The authors are all distinguished figures in the early childhood field.Forthcoming Conference…Contesting Early Childhood… and opening for changeThis conference brings together internationally renowned speakers from the world of early childhood. It will appeal to anyone interested in possibilities for diversity, complexity and multiple perspectives in early childhood education. Institute of Education, London, 11-12 May.Click here for more information, and to place your booking. Search

Creative Development in the Early Years Foundation Stage


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May, Pamela

The Practical Guidance in the Early Years Foundation Stage series will assist practitioners in the smooth and successful implementation of the Early Years Foundation Stage.Each book gives clear and detailed explanations of each aspect of Learning and Development and encourages readers to consider each area within its broadest context to expand and develop their own knowledge and good practice.Practical ideas and activities for all age groups are offered along with a wealth of expertise of how elements from the practice guidance can be implemented within all early years settings. The books include suggestions for the innovative use of everyday ressources, popular books and stories.The clear and practical information in this book will help practitioners in supporting and developing the natural curiosity of children, helping them explore and express their own ideas through a variety of activities including music art and dance. The author explores the balance between the necessary freedoms of choice that creativity requires and the control which thoughtful practitioners must exert and offers ideas for building children’s imaginations through play. Search

Early Childhood Education


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Bruce, Tina

Discusses a wide range of subjects from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Generously illustrated with real life colour photographs. Covers the key theories of the pioneering early years thinkers: Piaget, Bruner, Montessori, Steiner, Froebel and sets them in modern context. Search

Effective Leadership and Management in the Early Years


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Moyles, Janet R.|Moyles, Janet

‘”Effective Leadership and Management in the Early Years” …is the best analysis of leadership and management that I have come across. It is a highly practical tool and a resource that will enable early years practitioners at different stages of professional development to explore, understand, rate and develop their leadership and management expertise.’ – Jillian Rodd, Educational and Developmental Psychologist. There has recently been an unprecedented focus on early years care and education, particularly on the impact of the various adults who work and play with children in the birth to five/six-years age range. Staff in early years settings have had to adapt to many changes and demands, locally and nationally, from local authorities and national government, and none more so than those who suddenly find themselves in a leadership and management role in increasingly complex small early years businesses and settings, often without formal training or qualifications. The book is unique in providing not only a thorough analysis of the leader and manager’s role and presenting it as a typology, but also in offering a clear and in-depth view of that role. It also presents ways in which the leader and manager can undertake self-evaluation or work alongside a peer to understand their own strengths and challenges more readily. The book conceptualises effective leadership and management as a tree, with the four key ‘branches’ of effective leadership and management defined as: Leaderships Qualities, Management Skills, Professional Attributes, and Personal Characteristics and Attitudes. “Effective Leadership and Management in the Early Years” is an essential tool for all those who lead and manage within early years settings, which they can use for evaluating their effectiveness. Search

Evolutionary Playwork and Reflective Analytic Practice


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Hughes, Bob

Play is a crucial component in the development of all children. In this comprehensive and accessible text, Bob Hughes explores the complexities of children’s play, its meaning and purpose, and argues that adult-free play is essential for the psychological well-being of the child.The book divides into three main sections. The first examines the fundamentals of evolutionary playwork, from creating the right play environment to issues of safety and participation. Secondly, the book explores the theory underlying playwork. Finally, the book offers new models to help the playworker develop their own professional practice. Throughout the text, the author brings his argument to life with vivid reflections on a lifetime’s experience of play and playwork.Evolutionary Playwork and Reflective Analytic Practice is the first book of its kind, and represents essential reading for all playwork students, practitioners and researchers. It also incorporates dedicated material for parents looking to better understand and enhance the development of their children. Search

Excellence Of Play, The


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Moyles, Janet

This is a must-read book for all students studying early childhood at a range of levels and practitioners who are looking to deepen their understanding of play and playful practices. Search

Experiencing Reggio Emilia


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Lesley, Abbott|Nutbrown, Cathy|Abbott, Lesley

Since 1963, when the Italian municipality of Reggio Emilia began setting up its network of educational services for 0-6 year olds, the ‘Reggio Approach’ has gained worldwide recognition. Numerous visitors have been impressed by the acknowledgement given to the potential of children, the organisation and quality of the environments created, the promotion of collegiality and a climate of co-participation of families in the educational project. Search

From Children’s Services to Children’s Spaces: Public Policy, Children and Childhood


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Moss, Peter|Petrie, Pat

More than ever before, children are apparently being recognised as social actors and citizens. Yet public policy often involves increased control and surveillance of children. This book explores the contradiction. It shows how different ways of thinking about children produce different childhoods, different public provisions for children (including schools) and different ways of working with children. It argues that how we understand children and make public provision for them involves political and ethical choices.Through case studies and the analysis of policy and practice drawn from a number of countries, the authors describe an approach to public provision for children which they term ‘children’s services’. They then propose an alternative approach named ‘children’s spaces’, and go on to consider an alternative theory, practice and profession of work with children: pedagogy and the pedagogue.This ground breaking book will be essential reading for tutors and students on higher education or in-service courses in early childhood, education, play, social work and social policy, as well as practitioners and policy makers in these areas. Search

GCSE Health & Social Care: Student Book


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Seamons, Stephen|Fisher, Angela

A colourful student-friendly textbook covering all three Units required for all awarding bodies for the new GCSE in Health and Social Care: Health Social Care & Early Years Provision, Promoting Health & Wellbeing and Understanding Personal Development and Relationships. Included are case studies and activities, plus in-text questions to check students’ understanding, all written in a straightforward way for students across the full ability range. An accompanying teacher support pack, providing background material and resources on all aspects of the course, including specific tests for each awarding body (OCR, Edexcel and AQA), is also available. Search

Genesis of Animal Play: Testing the Limits, The


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Burghardt, Gordon M.

In The Genesis of Animal Play, Gordon Burghardt examines the origins and evolution of play in humans and animals. He asks what play might mean in our understanding of evolution, the brain, behavioral organization, and psychology. Is play essential to development? Is it the driving force behind human and animal behavior? What is the proper place for the study of play in the cognitive, behavioral, and biological sciences?The engaging nature of play — who does not enjoy watching a kitten attack a ball of yarn? — has made it difficult to study. Some scholars have called play undefinable, nonexistent, or a mystery outside the realm of scientific analysis. Using the comparative perspectives of ethology and psychology, The Genesis of Animal Play goes further than other studies in reviewing the evidence of play throughout the animal kingdom, from human babies to animals not usually considered playful. Burghardt finds that although playfulness may have been essential to the origin of much that we consider distinctive in human (and mammalian) behavior, it only develops through a specific set of interactions among developmental, evolutionary, ecological, and physiological processes. Furthermore, play is not always beneficial or adaptive.Part I offers a detailed discussion of play in placental mammals (including children) and develops an integrative framework called surplus resource theory. The most fascinating and most controversial sections of the book, perhaps, are in the seven chapters in part II in which Burghardt presents evidence of playfulness in such unexpected groups of animals as kangaroos, birds, lizards, and “Fish That Leap, Juggle, and Tease.” Burghardt concludes by considering the implications of the diversity of play for future research, and suggests that understanding the origin and development of play can shape our view of society and its accomplishments through history. Search

Genius of Play


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Jenkinson, Sally

When children play, they become creators, dreamers, and artists. Sticks become wands, swords, dolls, or snakes. Children move like quick fire from the fantastic to the everyday, when free to express the genius of play. The Genius of Play addresses what play is, why it matters, and how modern life endangers children’s play. Moving, vivid stories reveal the secrets of play. Here is an outspoken Children’s Play Charter for parents and teachers, which celebrates the playful spirit of childhood. The author answers questions such as: What do children express in their play?How does play help develop empathy and social skills?How are children influenced by in appropriate toys, TV, and consumerism?How does play develop children’s imagination?Why do children need adults who encourage play?How do creative childhood players become good adult thinkers?Sally Jenkinson’s perceptive observations will inform and delight parents and teachers who want to gain more insight into the secrets of children’s play. Search

Good Practice in Playwork


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Bonel, Paul|Frankel, Jill|Lindon, Jennie

Approved by SPRITO, this text is fully revised throughout to reflect the latest thinking and practice, and is based upon the National Occupational Standards. Search

Handbook Of Play Therapy, The


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Mcmahon, Linnet

Child abuse cases and problems created by breakdowns in family relationships have highlighted the need for sound techniques for communicating with children. As a result, there is renewed interest in the therapeutic use of play to help prevent or repair emotional damage in both children and their families.The Handbook of Play Therapy is a comprehensive introduction to the theory and practice of play therapy. It provides a practical guide to the basic skills necessary to begin tapping the healing potential of play and gives many examples of good practice. Search

History of Children’s Play and Play Environments: Toward a Contemporary Child-Saving Movement, A


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Frost, Joe|Frost, Joe L.

Children’s play throughout history has been free, spontaneous, and intertwined with work, set in the playgrounds of the fields, streams, and barnyards. Children in cities enjoyed similar forms of play but their playgrounds were the vacant lands and parks. Today, children have become increasingly inactive, abandoning traditional outdoor play for sedentary, indoor cyber play and poor diets. The consequences of play deprivation, the elimination and diminution of recess, and the abandonment of outdoor play are fundamental issues in a growing crisis that threatens the health, development, and welfare of children.This valuable book traces the history of children’s play and play environments from their roots in ancient Greece and Rome to the present time in the high stakes testing environment. Through this exploration, scholar Dr. Joe Frost shows how this history informs where we are today and why we need to re-establish play as a priority. Ultimately, the author proposes active solutions to play deprivation. This book is a must-read for scholars, researchers, and students in the fields of early childhood education and child development. Search

Home-Based Childcare Student Book. Sheila Riddall-Leech


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Riddall-Leech, Sheila

Will be shipped from US. Used books may not include companion materials, may have some shelf wear, may contain highlighting/notes, may not include CDs or access codes. 100% money back guarantee. Search

How Children Learn


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Pound, Linda


How to Be an Outstanding Childminder


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Lee, Allison

Since Ofsted introduced its new graded system in April 2005 there has been increasing pressure on childminders to prove that they are running an ˜outstanding’ business. Many parents admit that they would not even consider a childminder who has not at least achieved a ˜good’ grading and they are prepared to pay more money and travel further to secure a place with an ˜outstanding’ provider.This book, written by a practising childminder who has herself achieved an outstanding grade for her childcare service, shows how it is possible to show the Ofsted inspector that you are worthy of the highest award for your childminding service.Topics covered include:- What to expect from your inspection- Regulations and legislation- Your responsibilities to parents and children- What the Early Years Foundation Stage means to Childminders- Achieving the Every Child Matters Outcomes- Essential paperwork and checklists- Reflecting on your practiceThis guide is packed with practical advice, along with exercises to test your knowledge and understanding of what is expected from you during your inspection. Search

I Know What’s Next! : Preschool Transitions Without Tears and Turmoil


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Evans, Betsy

A primer for Preschool teachers. Search

Key Person Approach, The


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Lindon, |Lindon, Jennie

The key person approach is a practical guide, written by child pyschologist Jennie Lindon, to how to both work within and lead a key person system in the early years setting. The Early Years Foundation Stage now requires that each child in early years provision is assigned a key person, and this guide aims to make sense of what this system means in practice for a working setting. Search

Knowledge and Understanding of the World in the Early Years Foundation Stage


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Green, Sandy|Louis, Stella

The Practical Guidance in the Early Years Foundation Stage series will assist practitioners in the smooth and successful implementation of the Early Years Foundation Stage.Each book gives clear and detailed explanations of each aspect of Learning and Development and encourages readers to consider each area within its broadest context to expand and develop their own knowledge and good practice.Practical ideas and activities for all age groups are offered along with a wealth of expertise of how elements from the practice guidance can be implemented within all early years settings. The books include suggestions for the innovative use of everyday ressources, popular books and stories.Knowledge and understanding of the world cuts across all of the EYFS guiding themes and this book will encourage practitioners to think about and develop their own understanding of the implications for inclusion, respect for oneself and for others irrespective of ethnicity, culture or religion, home language, family background, learning difficulties, gender, disabilities or abilities. Search

Learning Through Play: A Work-Based Approach for the Early Years Professional


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Duncan, Jacqueline|Lockwood, Madelaine

There is a growing and well-researched recognition of the need to develop the early-years curriculum and pedagogy though play-based learning. In addition, there is a well-established principle that teaching and learning should begin ‘where the child is’. This book is centred around these two principles. Learning Through Play is an essential handbook for early-years practitioners on how to develop their understanding and practical applications in all early-years settings. It is an ideal training manual which speaks to both the early-years trainee and the experienced practitioner who is looking to improve their own practice and understanding, and that of colleagues. Chapters support:An understanding of play and its role in learningAn understanding of the role of the adult in the pre-school settingThe development of practitioner’s skills in providing effective learning and development through quality playThe developing and planning of the curriculum and learning environmentThe development of reflection and informed action in early-years settings Managers, and those who hope to become managers, in developing good practice across their setting Key features include Professional Development Activities. Some are for individual completion; others are for completion by your setting’s team (but can be adapted for individual’s use). Each chapter can be worked through as a discrete unit. This is a fully comprehensive and user-friendly guide for all who are keen to encourage the pre-school child’s learning and development through play-based activities, giving the reader the tools with which to evaluate and develop their own practice and that of others. Search

Little Book of Look and Listen: Ideas for Activities for the Foundation Stage, The


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Wall, Su|Beswick, Clare

Like all the other books in the Little Book series, this book presents appropriate and enjoyable activities in a simple format, which would enable the most inexperienced to plan and deliver the curriculum against clear objectives from the curriculum guidance. Stop and Listen takes a practical approach to the age old problem of how to get children to stop what they are doing and listen! It tackles sustaining attention, shared attention with an adult and group attention. It covers all the developmental stages from birth to the end of the EYFS and provides practitioner with a wealth of different ways of grabbing children’s attention and then keeping it. Search

Making Sense of Play


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Else, Perry

This book describes how adults can support children’s free play, with an approach that is holistic, inclusive and practical, giving clear explanations of tools to help understand better ways of relating to and providing for playing children. Key terms are put in plain words, along with varied examples. These models are then used to explore creativity, the ways in which children play, how provision might be improved and how the approaches can be used to research practice. Perry Else is Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, also over the past 30 years working for a variety of UK organisations and authorities, helping plan and deliver services for children. Search

NVQ 2 Early Years Care and Education: Student Text


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Robinson, Maria|Beith, Kate|Pullan, Lynda

This student book is contains the 1998 NVQ standards for this award. Search

Outdoor Play In The Early Years: Management And Innovation


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Bilton, Helen

This book offers a thorough investigation of the outdoor area and outdoor play in any early years setting. It stimulates and challenges practitioners to develop a truly effective teaching and learning environment by providing detailed guidance and discussion on organizing, managing and resourcing this environment. It is written for all practitioners working in Early Years settings, those taking relevant initial teacher education and professional development courses as well those pursuing vocational and diploma courses. Governing bodies and Headteachers would find this a useful text, especially as they introduce and develop their outdoor areas.This second edition includes advice on how to provide outdoor play in infant settings and offers examples from teachers working in this field. Links are made between the Foundation Stage principles for early years education and the guiding principles for outdoor play and provision. The author discusses the structure of the day and how to include literacy and numeracy. Personal, social and emotional development, movement and thinking, bikes, fixed equipment and play scenarios are all discussed in detail. Further additions include a resource and equipment list, examples of assessment, running records, planning and a suggested outdoor area layout. Search



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Perspectives on Play: Learning for Life


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Brock, Avril|Jarvis, Pam|Olusoga, Yinka

This book presents a review and critical analysis of research in the field whilst exploring development in the early childhood years from a broad range of multi-disciplinary perspectives. Brock’s approach will offer a dynamic perspective on the practice of play that will rival existing texts currently on the market, it will be a valuable asset for any student studying for an Early Childhood, Childhood, or Education Studies degree. Search

Philosophy of Play, The


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Ryall, Emily|Russell, Wendy|Maclean, Malcolm

Play is a vital component of the social life and well-being of both children and adults. This book examines the concept of play and considers a variety of the related philosophical issues. It also includes meta-analyses from a range of philosophers and theorists, as well as an exploration of some key applied ethical considerations.The main objective of The Philosophy of Play is to provide a richer understanding of the concept and nature of play and its relation to human life and value, and to build disciplinary and paradigmatic bridges between scholars of philosophy and scholars of play. Including specific chapters dedicated to children and play, and exploring the work of key thinkers such as Plato, Sartre, Wittgenstein, Gadamer, Deleuze and Nietzsche, this book is invaluable reading for any advanced student, researcher or practitioner with an interest in education, playwork, leisure studies, applied ethics or the philosophy of sport. Search

Physical Development in the Early Years Foundation Stage


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Nurse, Angela D.|Nurse, Angela D

The Practical Guidance in the Early Years Foundation Stage series will assist practitioners in the smooth and successful implementation of the Early Years Foundation Stage.Each book gives clear and detailed explanations of each aspect of Learning and Development and encourages readers to consider each area within its broadest context to expand and develop their own knowledge and good practice.Practical ideas and activities for all age groups are offered along with a wealth of expertise of how elements from the practice guidance can be implemented within all early years settings. The books include suggestions for the innovative use of everyday ressources, popular books and stories.This book will both raise the awareness of readers to how physical development impacts on all areas of learning and general development. The author encourages practitioners to think about what physical activity actually means for children and the importance of balancing risk and challenge, providing opportunities for children to be active and interactive and to use their senses to learn about the world around them. Search

Planning for the Early Years Foundation Stage


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Sandra, Smidt|Smidt, Sandra

The Practical Guidance in the Early Years Foundation Stage series will assist practitioners in the smooth and successful implementation of the Early Years Foundation Stage.Each book gives clear and detailed explanations of each aspect of Learning and Development and encourages readers to consider each area within its broadest context to expand and develop their own knowledge and good practice.Practical ideas and activities for all age groups are offered along with a wealth of expertise of how elements from the practice guidance can be implemented within all early years settings. The books include suggestions for the innovative use of everyday ressources, popular books and stories.Planning for the Early Years Foundation Stage complements the six Learning area books in this series by explaining the basis of clear planning and how it links to careful observation and assessment. Useful examples are provided throughout, Planning across the Early Years Foundation Stage will raise awareness of what is needed within early years settings, explain the who, when and whys of observation, assessment and planning, and making useful links to each of the other books in the series. Search



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Garvey, Catherine




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Ed, Lib

Magazine from the Lib Ed collective focussing on liberatory methods of education. Features articles on Junk TV, the Playground as Prison, Adults and Play plus much more. Search

Play and Intervention


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Hellendoorn, Joop|Sutton-Smith, Brian|Kooij, Rimmert van der

Play has been presented as the ideal intervention for almost every conceivable kind of problem experienced by children: emotional problems, attention disorders, learning difficulties, and social isolation. In this ground-breaking book, leading play theorists, researchers, and practitioners present their opinions and research results about the influence of play and of special play programs on different aspects of child development.The first section explores why play therapy is used and what play’s specific role is in the classical play therapy approach. The second part is devoted to experimental play programs for different types of children with special needs. In the last section, the effects of modern play approaches in primary schools are discussed as well as the influence of these play interventions on cognitive and social skills. This is a book for practitioners and theorists in the field of play, who are not just uncritical consumers or idealizers of play, but who are concerned in searching for the real value of play in various therapeutic and educational settings. Search

Play And Playwork: 101 Stories Of Children Playing


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Brown, Fraser

This book explores the similarities and differences between play and playwork, as well as moving forward current thinking about the traditional model, theory or approach of playwork, commonly referred to as SPICE (Social interaction, Physical activity, Intellectual stimulation, Creative achievement, Emotional Stability). The SPICE acronym has become ubiquitous in playwork training courses but Fraser’s work considers the reasons why the SPICE acronym could not be regarded as a sufficiently analytical tool for the playwork profession, including a general lack of rigour in its development and the way that it can lead to the trivialisation of playwork. Rather than abandon SPICE altogether, Fraser has developed the SPICE ideas to include eleven generic headings: 1) freedom, 2) flexibility, 3) socialisation and social interaction, 4) physical activity, 5) intellectual stimulation, 6) creativity and problem solving, 7) emotional equilibrium, 8) self discovery, 9) ethical stance, 10) child-adult interaction, and 11) general appeal. The resulting analytical system is now used in both the UK and America but its roots have never been fully explored in a readily available text. Fraser is regularly invited to enlarge on the thinking that underpins these eleven headings, and also to explain his ‘compound flexibility’ concept in greater depth. Consequently, the eleven headings form the basis for the structure of the book and the concluding chapter draws substantially on Fraser’s ‘compound flexibility’ concept. In addition, the book tackles the tensions that exist between play and playwork including appropriate definitions and the conflict around the role of the adult. Search

Play Culture in a Changing World


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Kalliala, Marjatta

The cultural context in which children grow up has a powerful influence on the way they play. At a time of rapid change in post-industrial societies, childhood play is changing to reflect children’s experiences. Adults need to understand that children have their own play culture, which might be different from that of the adults’ own childhoods. Enlivened by the voices of young children engaged in contemporary play, this accessible book enables readers to re-evaluate the contribution of play in childhood. It explores the persistence of fundamental play themes alongside new variations on traditional themes, including: competitions and games; games of chance and luck; and, the world of make-believe ‘Dizzy play’. This book helps adults to be reflective and to encourage children’s play by understanding and valuing their play culture. It is important reading for early years students and practitioners. Search

Play Ethic: A Manifesto for a Different Way of Living, The


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Kane, Pat

The Play Ethic explores the real meaning of play and shows how a more playful society would revolutionize and liberate our daily lives. Using wide and varied sources from the Enlightenment to Eminem, Socrates to Chaos theory, Kierkegaard to Karaoke, this book shows how play is fundamental to both society and to the individual, and how the work ethic that has dominated the last three centuries is ill-equipped to deal with the modern world. Search

Play Therapy


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Axline, Virginia M.

“The most brilliant and intuitive, as well as the clearest written, work in this field. It is unpretentious yet clearly the most authoritative work that has been published.”NORMAN CAMERON, Ph.D.Professor of PsychiatryYale University School of MedicineHere is an intensely practical book that gives specific illustrations of how therapy can be implemented in play contacts, and tells how the toys of the playroom can be vivid performers and aids in growth. As she did with DIBS IN SEARCH OF SELF, Dr. Axline has taken true case histories from the rich mine of verbatim case material of children referred for play therapy, choosing children ranging in age, problem, and personality. It’s all here in an important and rewarding book for parents, teachers, and anyone who comes in contact with children. Search

Play, Naturally: A Review Of Children’s Natural Play


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Lester, Stuart|Maudsley, Martin


Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul


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Brown, Stuart|Vaughan, Christopher|Brown, Stuart L.|Vaughan, Christopher C.

Read Stuart Brown’s posts on the Penguin Blog. From a leading expert, a groundbreaking book on the science of play, and its essential role in fueling our happiness and intelligence throughout our lives We’ve all seen the happiness on the face of a child while playing in the school yard. Or the blissful abandon of a golden retriever racing across a lawn. This is the joy of play. By definition, play is purposeless, all-consuming, and fun. But as Dr. Stuart Brown illustrates, play is anything but trivial. It is a biological drive as integral to our health as sleep or nutrition. We are designed by nature to flourish through play. Dr. Brown has spent his career studying animal behavior and conducting more than six-thousand “play histories” of humans from all walks of life-from serial murderers to Nobel Prize winners. Backed by the latest research, Play (20,000 copies in print) explains why play is essential to our social skills, adaptability, intelligence, creativity, ability to problem solve and more. Particularly in tough times, we need to play more than ever, as it’s the very means by which we prepare for the unexpected, search out new solutions, and remain optimistic. A fascinating blend of cutting-edge neuroscience, biology, psychology, social science, and inspiring human stories of the transformative power of play, this book proves why play just might be the most important work we can ever do. Search

Playing on the Wildside


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Maudsley, Martin




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Davy, Annie|Gallagher, Jane

From creating play spaces to child development, every key area of modern playwork is covered to help you support children’s play in the 21st century. The authors’ holistic approach, discussing both theory and practice, makes this the most comprehensive guide available for both students and playwork professionals. Packed with case studies, activities, illustrations and great new photographs, New Playwork contains a wealth of ideas for successful playwork and is an invaluable reference for this rapidly developing profession. Search

Playwork Voices: In Celebration of Bob Hughes and Gordon Sturrock


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Handscomb, Bridget|Russell, Wendy|Fitzpatrick, John


Playwork: Play & Care for Children 5-15


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Davy, Annie

‘One of the best resources linked to NVQ/SVQs.’ Anne Longfield, Director, Kid’s Club Network This third edition of Playwork has been fully revised and updated in line with the requirements of the revised NVQs and to reflect the rapidly changing world of playwork. The UK government’s National Childcare Strategy is resulting in rapid growth and development in this area with new children’s projects being established in every community. Ensuring high quality activities supported by qualified and experienced staff will be essential, resulting in a new fast-growing, and vibrant playwork profession. Playwork, Third Edition will enable Playworkers to meet these new challenges. Playwork, Third edition is the kind of accessible, high-quality and affordable training resource that will enhance and enrich workers development and their practice. It is aimed at all those who work with children aged 5 to 15, and aims to help them to create opportunities for play and to develop through play. Playwork will help all those following a playwork or playcare training course or preparing for assessment for an NVQ/SVQ in playwork at levels 2 and 3 to acquire the necessary underpinning knowledge and put theory into practice through work-based activities. It should also aid those who work in an after-school club, holiday playscheme, playbus, playcentre, adventure playground, family centre, or care for school-age children in the home to develop their skills and evaluate their approach to children and play. Search

Playworker’s Handbook, The


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Kamen, Teena

“The Playworker’s Handbook” is the comprehensive guide to all aspects of working with children and young people in a variety of play settings, including after-school clubs, breakfast clubs, holiday playschemes and community projects. It is also the ideal resource for all students and tutors on S/NVQ Levels 2 and 3 courses in Playwork. “The Playworker’s Handbook” clearly links theory and practice by exploring different theoretical aspects of play and child development and relating these to supporting children’s play. Theoretical issues are clearly explained, giving students a sound knowledge base to complement their practical skills. The topics covered include: organising the play environment; play and child development; planning and supporting self-directed play; maintaining children’s health, safety and security; child protection; promoting positive working relationships; and, developing professional practice. “The Playworker’s Handbook” is the ideal book for playwork students and tutors, and experienced playworkers. It includes exercises to develop playworkers’ professional skills, as well as key tasks (linked to the latest NVQ Levels 2 and 3 in Playwork) to contribute to a portfolio of evidence. Search

Policy for Play: Responding to Children’s Forgotten Right


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Voce, Adrian

Play is fundamental to children’s health and development, but today, their space and opportunity for doing so is being threatened. In Policy for Play, Adrian Voce uses case studies from the United Kingdom, Europe, and North and South America to explore states’ obligations to children under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and its 2013 General Comment. While considering the effects that lack of opportunities for play have on children’s lives, he argues that strategies for public health, education, and even environmental sustainability would be more effective with a better-informed perspective on the importance of allowing children the time and space to play. Challenging both play advocates and governments to produce effective policies that protect children’s right to play, this book will be an essential tool for practitioners and campaigners around the world. Search

Power of Play: A Play Curriculum in Action


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Quality Education in the Early Years


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Abbott, Lesley|Rodger, Rosemary

Lesley Abbott and her team of contributors identify and explore high quality work (and what shapes it) in early years education. They show us children and adults variously working and playing, talking and communicating, learning and laughing, caring and sharing in a rich tapestry of case studies which highlight quality experiences and interactions. Every chapter is based around a particular case study, each one tackling a different issue: the curriculum, play, assessment, roles and relationships, special needs, partnerships with parents and equal opportunities. Search

Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Years Education


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Valentine, Marianne|Curriculum, Scottish Consultative Council on the

Noting that the approach to early childhood education from the northern Italian town of Reggio Emilia has become renowned worldwide, this report explains the approach and explores the possible translation or adaptation of aspects of this pedagogical approach to Scotland. Following an introduction, the report is presented in three parts. Part 1 provides information on the organization of the system of preschools and infant-toddler centers in Reggio Emilia and compares it to the British system. Part 2 describes the Reggio Emilia approach, focusing on the image of the child; the role of expressive arts in preschool; “progettazione” (loosely, the relationship between teacher and child), including the teacher’s role in documenting learning; community and parent-school relationships; the educational environment; and teachers as learners. Part 3 discusses how the Scottish early years education system might adapt parts of the Reggio Emilia approach for its use. This part begins with reflections on current practice in Scotland and then discusses how the following issues integral to the Reggio approach are of particular interest to the Scottish system: physical features of the school environment, the use of time, collaboration, partnerships with parents, curriculum, the role of the adult, documentation, and initial teacher training and professional development. This part also delineates questions for reflection by early childhood professionals. Includes a 26-item bibliography. (KB) Search

Rethinking Children’s Play


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Brown, Fraser|Patte, Michael

Rethinking Children’s Play examines attitudes towards, and experiences of, children’s play. Fraser Brown and Michael Patte draw on a wide range of thought, research and practice from different fields and countries to debate, challenge and re-appraise long held beliefs, attitudes and ways of working and living with children in the play environment.\n Children need to play and the benefits of play are many and varied, but they are too often underestimated by parents, educators, politicians and society in general. The authors will apply a playwork perspective to the full range of settings populated by children, both formal and informal, to explore the idea that children’s learning and development derives substantially from their opportunities to engage with a rich play environment that is supportive of the play process.Thoughts are provoked through examples of research, reflections on research, activities, key points and guidance on further reading.Rethinking Children’s Play is essential for all those studying childhood at undergraduate and graduate level and of great interest to those working with children in any field. \n Search

S/Nvq Level 2 In Playwork


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Farrow, Tina|Stephens, Valerie|Stanley, Susan

This book provides you with all the underpinning knowledge for the S/NVQ in Playwork Level 2. Written by experienced Playwork tutors and assessors who have helped candidates achieve their S/NVQ award, it provides everything students need to support their practical work with children and young people. Full coverage of the 2002 standards. The Handbook covers all six mandatory units so no supplementary materials are required. Search

Selfish Society: How We All Forgot to Love One Another and Made Money Instead, The


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Gerhardt, Sue

Author and respected psychologist Sue Gerhardt goes to the heart of the causes of broken Britain Ambitious and wide-ranging, The Selfish Society reveals the vital importance of understanding our early emotional lives, arguing that by focusing on the attention we give to our young children we can create a better society. Open any newspaper, and what do you find? Violence and crime, child abuse and neglect, expenses scandals, addiction, fraud, and corruption, environmental melt-down. Is Britain indeed broken? How did modern society get to this point? Who is to blame? How can we change? We have come to inhabit a culture of selfish individualism which has confused material well-being with happiness. As society became bigger and more competitive, working life was cut off from child-rearing and the new economics ignored people’s emotional needs. We have lived with this culture so long that it is hard to imagine it being any different. Yet we are now at a turning point where the need for change is becoming urgent. If we are to build a more reflective and collaborative society, Gerhardt argues, we need to support the caring qualities that are learnt in early life and integrate them into our political and economic thinking. Inspiring and thought-provoking, The Selfish Society sets out a roadmap to a more positive and compassionate future. Search

Smooth Transitions: Ensuring Continuity from the Foundation Stage


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Bayley, Ros|Featherstone, Sally

For a child, moving from the Early Years Foundation Stage into Key Stage 1 can be a huge change. It is up to the adults involved to make the process of transition as smooth and continuous as possible. This straightforward guide contains advice for teachers, teaching assistants, practitioners, parents and managers on supporting children though and after the move. It includes a special section on how we can use new knowledge about how children learn to help them build on their previous experiences of learning and what we can do to help them cope with the emotional factors involved in the change. Search

Therapeutic Playwork Reader: 1995-2000 No. 1


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Else, Perry|Sturrock, Gordon


Transition Time


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Feldman, Jean R.|Feldman, Jean

Learn how to make transitions from one activity to the next smooth, meaningful and fun for children. Help to ‘bridge’ periods of time and capture children’s interest with activities, finger plays, songs and games. Tips for planning for transitions during every part of the day, plus a planning guide, are included. Includes transition activities for: Good morning, circle time, clean-up, attention getters, let’s eat and nap time, games, finger plays and chants, pocketful of songs, stories and language, end of day activities. With over 400 ideas and activities, all those periods of time between planned activities will become teachable moments using this invaluable resource. Search

Understanding Childrens Play


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Lindon, Jennie

Will be invaluable for students following S/NVQs in Early Years Care and Education and in Playwork, those taking CACHE qualifications (CCE and DNN) and the BTEC Diploma in Early Years. Search

Working with the Under Threes: Training and Professional Development


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Abbott, Lesley|Moylett, Helen

The books incorporate the views of a wide range of people with a wealth of experience in the early years field as both practitioners and trainers. They are intended as an accessible, informative and challenging resource for all those involved in the care and education of children under three. Search

You Can’t Say You Can’t Play


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Paley, Vivian Gussin

Who of us cannot remember the pain and humiliation of being rejected by our classmates? However thick-skinned or immune to such assaults we may become as adults, the memory of those early exclusions is as palpable to each of us today as it is common to human experience. We remember the uncertainty of separating from our home and entering school as strangers and, more than the relief of making friends, we recall the cruel moments of our own isolation as well as those children we knew were destined to remain strangers. In this book Vivian Paley employs a unique strategy to probe the moral dimensions of the classroom. She departs from her previous work by extending her analysis to children through the fifth grade, all the while weaving remarkable fairy tale into her narrative description. Paley introduces a new rule•œYou can’t say you can’t play•to her kindergarten classroom and solicits the opinions of older children regarding the fairness of such a rule. We hear from those who are rejected as well as those who do the rejecting. One child, objecting to the rule, says, œIt will be fairer, but how are we going to have any fun?Another child defends the principle of classroom bosses as a more benign way of excluding the unwanted. In a brilliant twist, Paley mixes fantasy and reality, and introduces a new voice into the debate: Magpie, a magical bird, who brings lonely people to a place where a full share of the sun is rightfully theirs. Myth and morality begin to proclaim the same message and the schoolhouse will be the crucible in which the new order is tried. A struggle ensues and even the Magpie stories cannot avoid the scrutiny of this merciless pack of social philosophers who will not be easily caught in a morality tale. You Can’t Say You Can’t Play speaks to some of our most deeply held beliefs. Is exclusivity part of human nature? Can we legislate fairness and still nurture creativity and individuality? Can children be freed from the habit of rejection? These are some of the questions. The answers are to be found in the words of Paley’s schoolchildren and in the wisdom of their teacher who respectfully listens to them. Search