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Taking play seriously - Investing in Europe’s Future

Play Research

There are many organizations which conduct academic research into the role of play in children’s development and well-being. We have listed below just a few. If you are also one of them and would like to be in our website do not hesitate to contact us at info@toyindustries.eu

PEDAL is located in the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Education, and was launched in October 2015 with funding from the LEGO Foundation. Its mission is to conduct academic research into the role of play in young children’s education, development and learning to inform wider practice and policy.

Further information is available here.

In 2012, Dr David Whitebread, from the University of Cambridge, carried out a literature review on behalf of TIE about the value of children’s play, including a series of policy recommendations. The full report can be downloaded through this link

Professor Jackie Marsh from the University of Sheffield is interested in young children’s digital literacy practices in homes, communities and early years settings. She has explored changes in children’s play due to developments in media, technology and commercial cultures.

Further information is available here.

The Observatory of Children´s Play (OJI) is a group of international experts from different Spanish Universities who monitor, examine and supervise the recognition of all children’s right to play.

Further information about the observatory is available here

In 2012, TIE commissioned Proffessor Jeffrey Goldstein, Ph.D in the Ultrecht Univeristy, to carry out a literature review on the role opn play in children’s s development health and well-being. The report can be downloaded here.

Adrian Voce OBE is a writer and consultant on children’s play. He is a former chair and director of the Children’s Play Council and was the founding director of Play England, in which role he was the leading external advisor on the government’s national play strategy for England.