Play in the Early Years

Marilyn Fleer

Play is crucial to the learning and development of children in the early years. Play in the Early Years is a comprehensive introduction to the theory and practice of play for children from birth to 8 years old. Drawing on classical and contemporary theories, this text examines social, cultural and institutional approaches to play, and explores a range of strategies for successfully integrating play into early years settings and primary classrooms.

The text features classroom vignettes and photographs designed to help students connect theory to practice, and reflection questions and research activities encourage in-depth reflection and extend learning. The third edition features a new chapter on conceptual playworlds, which demonstrates what conceptual playworlds look like to infants and toddlers, pre-schoolers, and children transitioning into school.
Highly regarded by early childhood researchers and practitioners alike, Play in the Early Years remains an essential resource for pre-service students.

Shortlist, Teaching and Learning Resource – Print (Wholly Australian)
Resource type
Teaching and Student Resource
Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences
15 March 2021
Print only

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