Playfulness: interactions between play contexts and child development

Anita Bundy, Paul Tranter, Geraldine Naughton, Shirley Wyver, Tim Luckett

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    Playfulness is a characteristic of young children and has been argued to have a critical role in all major areas of children’s development, particularly the acquisition of early academic skills. Opportunities to engage in play can therefore have long-term quality of life consequences for children. In this chapter we examine how attempts to increase children’s safety, undertaken to promote their growth and well-being, have paradoxically had an advice impact on their opportunities for play and limited this important avenue for children’s learning.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationChildren, families and communities
    Subtitle of host publicationcontexts and consequences
    EditorsJennifer Bowes, Rebekah Grace
    Place of PublicationSouth Melbourne, Vic.
    PublisherOxford University Press
    ISBN (Print)9780195551549
    Publication statusPublished - 2009


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