BECERA 2017 Conference Play Pack


We are delighted to offer you this FREE BECERA 2017 Conference Play Pack.

Featuring exclusive OPEN ACCESS to selected journal articles (courtesy of EECERJ, CREC and Taylor & Francis), as well as videos, infographics, blogs, resources and reports on play from various experts and advocates in the field of early years and early childhood education.

We hope you enjoy them and please feel free to share these fantastic resources with your colleagues!

EECERJ Journal Articles: FREE access to selected journal articles on play for BECERA conference


Playing the game? Exploring role play from children's perspectives – Sue Rogers & Julie Evans

Is it play? Towards a reconceptualisation of role play from an activity theory perspective – Bert van Oers

What play means to us: Exploring children’s perspectives on play in an English Year 1 classroom – Sally Howe

Digital play in the early years: a contextual response to the problem of integrating technologies and play-based pedagogies in the early childhood curriculum – Susan Edwards

OPEN ACCESS Practitioner Research Articles: FREE access to selected practitioner research from CREC students

CREC has identified a selection of practitioner research which it feels have a particular value (normally commended by the academic markers) and, with the agreement of the authors, have made them openly available for other early years practitioners and researchers to access, and hopefully use, to inform their own practice and academic study.


What is the nature of communication between two-year-olds in a musical free play environment? - Charlotte K Arculus

A case study of movement and physical development affordances of outdoor play - Caroline Duffy

OPEN ACCESS Journal Articles: FREE access to selected journal articles on play from Taylor & Francis

Finding a place with meaning in a busy human world: how does the story begin, and who helps?  Colwyn Trevarthen, EECERJ Editorial


Makeā€believe play versus academic skills: a Vygotskian approach to today’s dilemma of early childhood education – Elena Bodrova

A cultural-historical reading of how play is used in families as a tool for supporting children's emotional development in everyday life – Feiyan Chen & Marilyn Fleer

Pretend play and the cultural foundations of mathematics  Maulfry Worthington & Bert van Oers

The effects of in-service training on teachers’ beliefs and practices in children's play – Jennifer A. Vu, Myae Han & Martha J. Buell

The impact of dramatic play centre on promoting the development of children's early writing skills - Fathi Ihmeideh

The effect of curriculum-generated play instruction on the mathematics teaching efficacies of early childhood education pre-service teachers - Hatice Sancar-Tokmak

Pentagon Play Blog: Why Free Play is Crucial for Early Years Children

This article discusses the importance of free play for early years children and how it helps them settle into school happily.

Save the Children Video: Why does early years education matter? (‘Play time is brain time’)

Three-to-five-year-olds’ brains are wired for learning. During this crucial time, children soak up knowledge and make leaps in their development that won’t happen nearly so easily once they’re older. That’s why good quality early years education is so important.


Community Playthings Article: Put the pencil down and go outside: The importance of nature in the early years – Kathryn Solly

In this long form piece, Kathryn Solly discusses issues surrounding outdoor play, children's early interactions with nature and why going outside is so important in the early years.

Edutopia Article (Interview): (Hey, Teacher) Leave Those Kids Alone – Interview with Alison Gopnik

Alison Gopnik, an expert in childhood development, makes an impassioned plea for creating safe learning environments—and then getting out of the way!

Discovery Early Learning Centre Blog: Hijacking Play

Lakisha Reid from Discovery Early Learning Centre explains why "until I am pulled into the play, I am not barging in".

Infographic: 42 Quotes on the Importance of Play

This infographic from presents 42 quotes on the importance of play, offering plenty of insight and inspiration to both active play advocates and newcomers alike.

ABC Babytalk Podcast: Learn to play with your toddler, featuring Hanne Boutrup

In this podcast, you'll meet Hanne, a Danish Play Expert with more than 20 years experience working with children and their carers -- listen and find out a little more about the educational experiences that are disguised in ordinary play and get some ideas on how to do some fun playing yourself!

Listen on iTunes.


Guardian Article: Children should learn mainly through play until age of eight, says Lego

In this article the head of the Lego Foundation, Hanne Rasmussen, argues that a lack of understanding of the value of play is prompting parents and schools alike to reduce it as a priority.


Play England Blog: Play holds key to inclusion

Play is the best way to offer inclusion, says Karen Kewell, co-founder of #ToyLikeMe, an organisation that was set up to call the global toy industry to account on its failure to represent the 150 million disabled children in its toys.

TEDx Video: The decline of play – Peter Gray

In this talk, Dr. Peter Gray compellingly brings attention to the reality that there has been a gradual but, overall dramatic decline in children's freedom to play with other children, without adult direction. 

Learning Through Landscapes Video: The value of play in schools

Explore how outdoor play can support your children's learning and development and begin to think about how your school could enrich playtimes.

Community Playthings Resource (PDF): Play and the revised EYFS

This free booklet and PowerPoint training from Community Playthings details how children’s play naturally fulfils the revised EYFS, and cross-references that play to the statutory guidance.

Parent Co. Blog: 31 Things Your Kids Should Be Doing Instead of Homework

Jessica Smock from Parent Co. argues that homework takes away from the time available to engage in endless other forms of learning outside of school, such as social, physical, and emotional, as well as rest.

Journal Article: The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds – Kenneth R. Ginsburg

Journal article from Kenneth R. Ginsburg, published in the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics in January 2007 (vol. 119, issue 1).

Huffington Post Article: Finland Education System Is Very Laid Back, And Totally Working

When it comes to education, the Finnish know what they’re doing. The Scandinavian country has one of the top education systems in the world, and this year (2016), ranked number one in literacy. So what’s Finland’s secret? It’s simple: more play, less work.

Documentary Film: The Land: the nature of play, risk and hazard – Erin Davis  

The Land (2015) is a short documentary film about the nature of play, risk and hazard set in The Land, a Welsh "adventure” playground. At The Land children climb trees, light fires and use hammers and nails in a play-space rooted in the belief that kids are empowered when they learn to manage risks on their own.

Play England Literature Review (PDF): Free play in early childhood – Joan Santer and Carol Griffiths, with Deborah Goodall

This literature review, focusing on free play in early childhood (from birth to 7 years old), was commissioned by Play England, and the work was carried out between May and July 2006. Its aim is to provide information about the value of free play in early childhood. 


Ofsted report (PDF): Teaching and play in the early years – a balancing act? A good practice survey to explore perceptions of teaching and play in the early years

Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector commissioned this good practice survey to gather evidence to address the recurring myth that teaching and play are separate, disconnected endeavours in the early years.

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