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Wednesday, 6 July 2016

"Play is a learner's work"

(This blog post was originally published with a very misleading misspelling while the author was much the worse for illness. Thus it is being republished here in amended form.)

I loved that statement from my 1991 childcare training course with Toynbee Training toward a Pre-school Play Groups Association qualification that a jobcentre bureaucrat later sneered at. She wanted to push me around, not help me extend my learning through real volunteering and further training.

Play is especially great for those of us with learning difficulties, reducing the stress associated with exams oriented learning and Government and academisation's obsession with Standardised Assessment Tests (SATs). What kind of schools were the engineers of privatisation and cuts in public spending get sent to? What kind of schools were the engineers of right wing welfare reform sent to?

And perhaps more green space is needed to avert diseases such as cancer, rather than more laboratory research within central London?(1)

Policy for Play and a United Nations report say that more play facilities are required by society.(2) (3)

Dude Swheatie of Kwug


  1. http://www.camdennewjournal.com/news/2010/sep/green-mp-slams-super-lab-plans-brill-place
  2. https://policyforplay.com
  3. https://policyforplay.com/2016/06/14/this-un-report-is-an-indictment-of-a-government-that-doesnt-care-but-also-an-opportunity-for-play-advocates/

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