Environments for Outdoor Play: A Practical Guide to Making Space for Children
Publication Year: 2007
Offers educators frameworks for designing innovative play spaces that provide young children with flexible, inclusive, and stimulating opportunities to learn, develop, and have fun together.
- Front Matter
- Back Matter
- Subject Index
- Chapter 1: Children's Need for Time and Space to Play
- Chapter 2: Key Stages in Developing the Play Space
- Chapter 3: Features of Enriching, Inclusive Play Spaces
- Chapter 4: Inspiration
- Chapter 5: Involvement and Collaboration
- Chapter 6: Bringing It All Together
- Chapter 7: Outcomes for Children and Settings
- Chapter 8: Troubleshooting and Sources of Advice
About the Author
© Theresa Casey 2007
First published 2007
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For Jimmy, and Jamie my brown-eyed boy[Page vi]
Much of the inspiration for this book came from the wonderful places for play in which I have been privileged to work, especially Scotland Yard Adventure Centre (The Yard) in Edinburgh and the Foundation for Child Development play projects in Bangkok.
The Play Inclusive (Pinc) Action Research Project, also at The Yard, has given me the opportunity to join in wonderfully questioning and thought-provoking conversations and I am grateful to the talented and committed playworkers there who have welcomed me (and gurgling babies) into their discussions.
Thanks to friends and colleagues who helped me out with Chapter 5: artists Suzie Hunter, Heather Christie and the multi-talented Mark Carr; Robin Sutcliffe, Dave Brady and Patrick Martin of Sutcliffe Play; and Margaret Westwood of many hats. Thanks to Alan Rees for the help with the case study in Chapter 2 and to David Yearley of RoSPA Play Safety and Kate Lander of the Landscape Institute for help with Chapter 8.
I have gained lots of ideas and food for thought by visiting play projects in various countries and keeping my eyes open for how children endlessly reinvent play spaces. It's been amazing to see similar play taking shape from diverse ‘ingredients’ around the world. So thanks to all those projects and children from whom I have borrowed ideas. The International Play Association (IPA) World Conference in Berlin in 2005 proved a rich source of debate and ideas that also inform this book.
Thanks so much to Emma, Sean, Molly, Eoghan, Jessica, Niamh, Martin and Nicky for the fun play day up in the woods, and thanks again to Barbara, Caroline and Veronica Casey and Tricia and Jake Herriot for minding the babies.
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