The Centre for the Study of Play & Recreation at the University of Greenwich is the first of its kind in the United Kingdom to develop an understanding of the role of children's play, informal education and activity-based learning throughout the life-cycle. Despite increasing recognition of the significance of play in the development of children and young people, and concerns within the European Union about leisure opportunities for the elderly, no national centre exists in the UK to enable the public, as well as interested professionals, to access information and advice about the theoretical and social underpinning of play and informed practice.

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June 16-18 2016

Conference: "Horrible Histories?: Children's lives in historical contexts", and launch of the Children's History Society

Joint with King's College London and the Centre for the Study of Play and Recreation, University of Greenwich, 16-18 June 2016.


April 6-8 2016 

Dr Priti Chopra, Diana Harris and Dr Mary Clare Martin will be presenting at the British Sociological Association Annual Conference in Aston, near Birmingham, from 6th-8th April 2016.

Priti Chopra will present on "From childhood to children: performing toys in subaltern voices"

Diana Harris will present a poster entitled: "Multi-cultural Toys: The experiences and views of children and practitioners in early years educational settings"

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