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Inclusive Play

Inclusive Play
Practical Strategies for Children from Birth to Eight

Second Edition

April 2010 | 136 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This extremely practical and child-focused book gives you the tools you need to make sure all the children in your care are included and involved in the play opportunities of your setting.

Inside the Second Edition, new content includes:

  • Consideration of the early years curricula across the whole of the UK
  • A new chapter on risk and challenge in play
  • New case studies
  • International examples
  • Full coverage of the Birth to Eight age range
  • Consideration of inclusive play from a children's rights perspective

A key book for those in practice, and underpinned by sound theory, this book will help you encourage and support inclusive play throughout your setting; it is packed with activities for you to try, ideas for small changes to make that can have a big impact and clear guidance on writing a play policy.

With a focus on appreciating children as individuals, this book is essential for all early years practitioners and those studying early years at any level.

Understanding Inclusive Play
Play Environments That Support, Intrigue, Challenge and Inspire
Enabling Inclusive Play Opportunities - The Role of Adults
Creative Input, Playful Opportunities
Risk, Challenge and Uncertainty in Inclusive Settings
Working Together
Managing for Inclusive Play

'This is an essential book for all early years practitioners looking for practical strategies to enhance and challenge their current play practices and thinking. It is a practical and child-focused book underpinned by sound theory and it provides activities and ideas for those small changes which can have such a big impact on inclusive play for children from birth to eight, throughout a setting. This second edition builds on the successful first edition and the new content includes consideration of early years curricula across the whole of the UK; a new chapter on risk and challenge in play; new case studies; international perspectives; full coverage of the birth to eight age range; and consideration of inclusive play from a children's rights perspective' -

'Attractively set out and well illustrated, [with] a very useful resource section. Casey has a clear and accessible writing style and is plainly dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of play. This book will help practitioners to audit their setting in terms of the opportunities it provides for play in different contexts, and its focus is clearly on appreciating children as individuals...In particular, the concept of "quick actions for change" could be applied successfully in many contexts [reminding] us that effective practice is reflective and highlights the importance of close observation to engage in active analysis of your setting. Perhaps every establishment should adopt this approach' -
SEN Magazine

'Written from the author's deep commitment to young children's play, this second edition is straightforward and enthusiastically written and packed with good advice and activities to both enhance and challenge current play practices and adults' thinking. It's a great combination of initial theoretical justification followed by many good examples of play situations to which practitioners can relate' -
Professor Emeritus Janet Moyles, Early Years & Play Consultant

The contents of this allows students to delve further into play, and allows for an easy read for undergraduates completing the play module. Great on the reading list

Mrs karen Cooke
Sport and Public Services, The Manchester College
December 5, 2023

Use to support newly revalidated SEND and Play modules for early years - includes case studies and ideas of observations too

Mrs Terrie Blaszczyk
Froebel College, Roehampton University
June 27, 2018

An excellent text which outlines the importance of inclusive play; essential for students engaging with placement for the first time.

Mrs Heather Elizabeth Brammer
Faculty of Business and Law, Staffordshire University
March 21, 2016

Practical book about play.

Mrs Anna Hreidarsdottir
School of humanitis and social sciences, University of Akureyri
December 13, 2013

An excellent resource of startagies to support learning through play with young children. An excellent guide for early years practitioners and those who work with parents.

Mrs Helen Middleton
Caring, Cardiff and Vale College
October 3, 2013

This book will be used to supplement various taught sessions for the module on Communication, Learning and Play. The first year B.Ed students will be doing placements in Children's Centres across London, and therefore need to take into account issues about diversity and inclusion.

Mr Ian Barrett
Department of Education, London Metropolitan Uni (North Campus)
May 1, 2013

The activities and how to set up an inclusive playground are thought provoking. The author shows us, that it is possible to have inclusive play.

Mrs Asha Bijay
School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Wheelock College Singapore
August 20, 2012

the students found this book easy to use whilst completing the play unit of their course. Most of the students purchased the book for future reference whilst in the work place

Mrs Karen Cooke
Health & Care, Trafford College
June 25, 2012

Practical, insightful and logical, necessary components of a key course text when starting out on an Earlychildhood Education Degree. Key factors outlined to aid the development of a Policy for Inclusive Play within early years settings

Ms Christina Devane
Department of Humanities, Institute of Technology Carlow
August 12, 2011

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

Theresa Casey

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