Promoted by this posting on Facebook, nothing to do with this conference. Yesterday I visited the Children’s Day website, which had remarkably similar aims and draws on similar sources as the beloved Playday.
The two together provoked this thought:
Failure #4 is the failure to promote the key distinction between play for older children, over 5s, (and, to a lesser extent, from youth) and play in the early years.
They are different. The play we talk about is different. We weeble on about all children need play or all humans need play, but we miss the point about all this.
Which is this, to use an inflammatory metaphor:
The play we are about is after the apron strings have been cut.
It’s pavement play near your house, it’s playing out, is exploring, it’s hanging out with your peers, it’s that ‘when I look back I realise that most of my favourite play memories were of play with no adults around’ play.
I can unpack this, this is just the provocation, dear reader.