The Playworker's HandbookPaperback
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- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 224 pages
- Dimensions: 188mm x 246mm x 13mm | 680g
- Publication date: 26 August 2005
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0340885459
- ISBN 13: 9780340885451
- Illustrations note: col. Illustrations
- Sales rank: 721,476
"The Playworker's Handbook" is the comprehensive guide to all aspects of working with children and young people in a variety of play settings, including after-school clubs, breakfast clubs, holiday playschemes and community projects. It is also the ideal resource for all students and tutors on S/NVQ Levels 2 and 3 courses in Playwork. "The Playworker's Handbook" clearly links theory and practice by exploring different theoretical aspects of play and child development and relating these to supporting children's play. Theoretical issues are clearly explained, giving students a sound knowledge base to complement their practical skills. The topics covered include: organising the play environment; play and child development; planning and supporting self-directed play; maintaining children's health, safety and security; child protection; promoting positive working relationships; and, developing professional practice. "The Playworker's Handbook" is the ideal book for playwork students and tutors, and experienced playworkers. It includes exercises to develop playworkers' professional skills, as well as key tasks (linked to the latest NVQ Levels 2 and 3 in Playwork) to contribute to a portfolio of evidence.
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Teena Kamen has lectured on a range of early years care and education courses in the West Midlands. A former primary school teacher, she is now a full-time writer and researcher. Her previous books include the bestselling Teaching Assistant's Handbook, The Nanny Handbook and Psychology for Childhood Studies, published by Hodder Arnold.
This book is very accessible and celebrates the values of playwork in every chapter. Playworkers will find it a useful workbook long after they have completed their NVQ. Managers and those setting up provision will also find it invaluable. -- Nursery World 20060119