4th Edition

Mary D. Sheridan's Play in Early Childhood From Birth to Six Years

By Justine Howard Copyright 2017
    152 Pages
    by Routledge

    152 Pages
    by Routledge

    Mary D. Sheridan’s Play in Early Childhood is a classic introductory text to play and development – key topics for all those who work with young children. Drawing on the most up-to-date evidence, it explains how children’s play develops and how they develop as they play.

    With over 100 illustrations and observations of play from birth to six years, this new edition presents classical and contemporary literature, making clear links between play and all areas of children’s development. It includes updated activities to consolidate thinking and suggestions for further reading throughout. This text considers:

    • the development, value and characteristics of play
    • issues relating to culture, adversity, gender, attachment and brain development
    • play from recreational, therapeutic and educational perspectives
    • the role of parents/caregivers and professionals in supporting play
    • how to develop observation and reflection skills for use in your own practice

    Suitable both for those new to the area and for more experienced workers wanting a quick reference guide, this easy-to-follow book meets the needs of students and professionals from a wide range of health, education and social care backgrounds, including early years professionals, playworkers, children’s nurses, play therapists and social workers.

    1. Theorising about Play  2. Observing and Reflecting on Children at Play  3. The Development of Children’s Play: Sheridan’s Observations  4. Outlines of Some Significant Play Sequences  5. Variation in Children’s Play  6. Providing for Play  7. Useful Organisations


    Justine Howard is Associate Professor at the Centre for Child Research, Swansea University, UK, and a chartered psychologist. She is the programme director for the MA in Developmental and Therapeutic Play and the MA in Childhood Studies at Swansea and is also a consultant and trainer, providing continuing professional development in areas relating to child development, play and emotional health.