Learning Through Play: Creating a Play Based Approach within Early Childhood Contexts

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Learning Through Play translates the theory of play into practice while seamlessly integrating the Australian Curriculum, government policy and current trends.

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Learning Through Play translates the theory of play into practice while seamlessly integrating the Australian Curriculum, government policy and current trends. It aims to create a shared understanding of play and play-based pedagogies that positively influence the everyday practices of educators and improve the learning experiences of children. The book extensively covers the various contexts that children may engage with during the early years – the period from birth to age 8.

Learning Through Play is structured to complement the Early Years Learning Framework and early childhood education studies. It begins by drawing on theories to discuss the centrality of play to children’s development and learning, then delves into the practicalities and challenges of implementing these play-based approaches, and finally discusses the future of play in early childhood contexts. With several learning features that blend theory, context and practical skills, Learning Through Play will not only help pre-service teachers to understand play in principle and in practice, but also to advocate articulately for play-based approaches.

Key Features:

  • Authored as a complete text, rather than as a collection of individual chapters, the book includes current trends and government changes (NQS, EYLF, AC)
  • Addresses the Australian context and integrates indoor and outdoor play within several chapters
  • Addresses cultural diversity and learner diversity in an integrated way
  • Provides an introduction to play in the early years by focusing on key themes such as nature and therefore matching how courses are taught
  • Focuses on children from birth to age 8 (across contexts such as home, playgroup, childcare and school) ensuring the language used and examples provided are suitable in these contexts
  • Links are made throughout the text to current approaches and the way play opportunities intersect with these to provide the context for learning to occur
  • Throughout the chapters, there are Reflect panels for students to reinforce content previously learnt and reflect on their own experiences; and Investigate panels providing practical activities or research tasks that support the theory
  • End of each chapter resources include a chapter summary, activities, recommended reading and references.



1. What is Play? Tracy Treaure

2. Theories of Play: Historical to Contemporary Tracy Treaure

3. Why Play is the Way in Early Childhood Contexts Tracy Treaure


4. The Indoor Environment Christine Robinson and Gerardine Neylon

5. Creating Outdoor Environments for Learning Through Play Dee O’Connor

6. The Role of the Educator Within Play-Based Approaches Dee O’Connor


7. Current Australian Frameworks and Play Christine Robinson

8. Integrating Curriculum within a Play-Based Approach Cathie Harrison

9. Documentation within Play-based Approaches Samantha Wynne and Gerardine Neylon


10. Diversity Considerations in Play Christine Robinson, Tracy Treasure and Dee O’Connor

11. Technology in Play Christine Robinson

12. International Perspectives on Play-Based Approaches Gerardine Neylon and Tracy Treasure

13. The Future of Play: Challenges and Opportunities Christine Robinson

ISBN 9780190304829
Publisher Oxford University Press
Product Type Teacher Resources,
Author(s) Dr Christine Robinson, Tracy Treasure, Dr Dee O'Connor, Dr Gerardine Neylon, Dr Cathie Harrison, Samantha Wynne

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