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.

Conclusion: Play is for Life, not Just for Nursery

Conclusion: Play is for life, not just for nursery

In reading this chapter you will:

  • be presented with some concluding thoughts relating to play;
  • review some potential impacts of play beyond foundations for school-based learning;
  • consider the relevance of play as a lifelong activity;
  • reflect on your own playfulness and the constraint of this.

Finally, in this chapter readers will be asked to consider whether they are playful in their practice, and are asked to advocate for children's play.


This chapter forms a brief summary of the exploration of play that we have undertaken in the chapters of this book. It also presents play and playfulness as behaviour that goes beyond childhood, becoming a lifelong process that bridges generations.

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