Our vision for Play in Early Relationships
The Play in Early Relationships team strives to better understand how play develops starting right from the earliest years of life. We mostly focus on children’s play experiences with their closest caregivers and first teachers, with an aim to learn more about how children’s foundational years relate to their later learning and social and emotional development.
Our projects focus closely on:
- Adapting, developing, and running play-based programmes designed to improve children’s development
- Reviewing and bringing together findings from existing research, to help us map out the current landscape of play and identify the kinds of questions that still need to be answered.
- Developing new approaches to assess and measure caregiver-child play, with a special focus on using videos to understand family-based play.