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Welcome to the PEDAL Hub

We’re the Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development, and Learning based in the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge. We conduct world-leading research on childhood and mobilise knowledge to help to improve children's lives and life chances.

A key aim of the PEDAL Hub is to bring play research and ideas to families, schools, charities, researchers, policy makers, and play enthusiasts!

Learn more about PEDAL

Our Projects

We’re making new discoveries about the value and impacts of play on babies, children, young people, families, schools, and communities. Through our projects, we’re developing play-filled ways to support children’s learning and development.

Play in the earliest years

We’re developing playful ways to help lay the best foundation possible for babies and children across the globe.

Play and learning in schools

We’re supporting educators to use evidence-informed playful approaches to learning in their teaching.

Play, communication, and neurodiversity

We’re investigating the role of play in language and communication with a focus on neurodiversity.

Play and learning library

We’ve rounded up a set of high-quality play resources for you to explore.

Our vision

We strive to ensure that the work we do in PEDAL is translated into real-world impacts by generating tools and resources for families, communities, and practitioners, and by developing initiatives to spark change in services, policy, and practice.

The LEGO Foundation

Our founding funder is the LEGO Foundation. Since receiving the first LEGO Foundation donation in 2015, their funding has enabled PEDAL to conduct rigorous research into the importance of play and playful learning in children’s lives. Undertaking this work has allowed us to make a significant contribution to addressing critical gaps in the current knowledge base on play.