The Value of Play is a dedicated textbook aimed at playworkers.
Contents Acknowledgements Introduction 1. What do we mean by play? Defining play Playing - just for children? A definition of play The play process 2. What gets in the way of children playing? Family and friends Legislation impacting on children Influences of the media Concerns with ‘safety' Children need to take risks 3. Why is play valuable? Ways of looking at play The Integral Play Framework Levels of ability and understanding Different types of play - play types 4. Playing actively Starting early Using our bodies actively Supporting access to the wider environment Enhancing spaces for play Using the elements 5. Playing through feelings and thoughts How the brain and mind work Perceptual play Impulsive play Emotional play Imaginative play Getting serious - deep play All in the mind? 6. Playing through culture Influences on cultural play Games that children play Playful and creative approaches Play with roles Rituals and play 7. Playing with others Playing at home Playing in groups Children and gender Communication play Social play Participation - listening to children and young people Playing globally 8. Grown up play How adults play Staying playful A ‘beautiful intelligence' Auto-erotism A playful intelligence 9. A Play History - From Plato to the Play Ethic 10. The Every Child Matters framework in England Appendix References