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.
|Title of host publication||Children, families and communities|
|Subtitle of host publication||contexts and consequences|
|Editors||Jennifer Bowes, Rebekah Grace|
|Place of Publication||South Melbourne, Vic.|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|