• Childhood, play and the Playwork Principles

    Childhood, play and the Playwork Principles takes a look at some of the theories that influence the way adults understand children, the role of play and childhood, as well as the ethics of working with playing children. It:

    • explores some of the ideas, concepts and theories of child development and childhood that have influenced and continue to influence understandings of children and their play and as a result are important to those practicing playwork.
    • looks at the playwork role and how it both affects and is affected by the environment and the children. It considers how the play process is given precedence and how playworkers balance the developmental benefits of play with children’s well-being.

    This is the first in a series of four playwork guides, which is a collection of resources for all those who work with playing children.

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