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Understanding young children's learning through play: building playful pedagogies

Understanding young children's learning through play: building playful pedagogies

Broadhead, Pat, 1951-; Burt, Andy

This timely and accessible text introduces, theorises and practically applies two important concepts which now underpin early years practice; those of 'playful learning' and 'playful pedagogies'

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Published London: Routledge, 2012
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Statement of responsibility: Pat Broadhead and Andy Burt
ISBN: 020315634X, 0415614279, 0415614287, 9780203156346, 9780415614276, 9780415614283
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 170 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Subject: Play.; Play; Early childhood education; Early childhood education Parent participation.; Early childhood education.; Learning processes; Education.


  1. Introduction
  2. 1. Creating and sustaining open-ended play spaces: giving children space to think, play and learn
  3. 2. Young playful learners in open-ended play environments
  4. 3. Growing up with open-ended role play, becoming competent, confident players and learners
  5. 4. Objects, resources, places, spaces and themes; the role of the adult in helping play to work
  6. 5. Building friendships and recognising shared interests
  7. Observing, assessing, recording and planning
  8. 7. The potential for open-ended play in Key Stage
  9. 8. Building a community of playful learners; children, practitioners and parents with shared understandings

Author note

Pat Broadheadis Professor of Playful Learning at Leeds Metropolitan University.

Andy Burtwas the Early Years Coordinator at Fishergate Primary School during the joint research and is now the deputy head teacher at Bishopthorpe Infant School in York.


"Broadbent and Burt also provide a brief history of the British National Curriculum (1988) and the effect of the standards movement on the way the English typically incorporate play into early-childhood programs. Their research shows how much children learn when teachers build on children's free play rather than dominate it. As a result, early-childhood practitioners and researchers will find this book a useful read."- Olga S. Jarrett, Georgia State University, American Journal of PLAY