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Play & Learning in Schools & Early Education

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

Early Years Library

This project is developing a toolkit to support early education and childcare settings to use the Early Years Library (EYL). The EYL describes activities that can be used by early years practitioners in their everyday practice to support children's cognitive and social-emotional development.

Students sat on the carpet with their teacher telling a story using puppets

Play in early teaching: The PlayBack programme

Our PlayBack programme uses videos of teachers and children playing in everyday situations to boost the child-teacher bond.

School children and their teacher doing a lesson with bendy toys

Play for hands-on learning: Research reviews

We've carried out extensive literature reviews to explore how playful teaching approaches may be linked to children's learning.