Free play in early childhood: a literature review

Document type
Literature review
Santer, Joan; Griffiths, Carol; Goodall, Deborah
Play England
Date of publication
1 January 2007
Children and Young People
Social welfare
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This literature review, focusing on free play (children choosing what they want to do, how they want to do it and when to stop and try something else) in early childhood, was commissioned by Play England.The review draws on a range of viewpoints, including observational studies, the work of pioneers and well-respected writers in the field, as well as research-based studies. In doing so, it provides insights from different professional contexts, types of early years provision and theoretical perspectives.

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