This accessible and focused text for early childhood studies and early years students takes the reader through a detailed exploration of the nature of play. It begins by examining definitions of play and supports students to understand some of the key concepts of play. It goes on to consider the benefits of play, creativity and risk and the contexts for play. The final section considers children's rights and the adult role in the facilitation of play. Interactive activities and theory focus features are included throughout, helping students to arrive at an understanding of their own practice in relation to play.

The Value of Play in Child Development

The value of play in child development

Through reading this chapter, you will find out more about the relationship of play and development. This includes:

  • early social development;
  • physical development;
  • cognitive development and learning.

You will also find out more about how, through play, children work out ideas and thoughts and learn how to express these to others.


This section of the book will consider the benefits of play to the developing child. Many of the philosophers, theorists and writers we have considered so far have already linked the freely chosen, intrinsic activity of play to developmental and learning benefits. Their claims have crossed a wide range of areas from the importance of play for social development and resolution of conflict, through to ...

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