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Mary D. Sheridan was a renowned researcher in child development. She is also the author of From Birth to Five Years (Routledge, 2007).

Justine Howard is a chartered psychologist and developmental and therapeutic play specialist. She is a senior lecturer at Swansea University where she is responsible for a number of courses relating to play and child development.

Dawn Alderson is a senior academic tutor in the School of Human and Health Sciences at Swansea University where she teaches on postgraduate courses relating to play and creativity.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By anniej on 14 Feb. 2011
Format: Paperback
This book was very easy to understand unlike most books on Child's play I found it was explained very well

I read this book in a bought 2hrs its so well laid out I found the information invaluable, As a nursery nurse I'm alway looking to expanded my understanding of how and why children play and the developmental stages of which play occurs,
Facts were simple and illustrations easy to look at and follow, the book give scope to enter into discussions on whether the child is actually playing or just mimicking what the have seen and whether the play is made from pure imagination or evoked from copying siblings.
so having read this book It will help me in my profession by providing children with new and improved opportunity to enhance there play now that I have a better understanding of the importance play has in a child's developmental
Anyone embarking on any type of child care course from nursery nursing to psychology I would very highly recommend this book to all that have chosen childcare as a profession or just for a parent who is looking to understand why a child needs to play and how they can improve the opportunities for their child
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lesley on 9 April 2011
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Play in Early Childhood: From Birth to Six Years

By writing this book review, I have been engaged in 'Ploy' - A new word introduced to me from the book (pg 7) which merges both work and play. I was immediately attracted to the clear illustrations in the book and their easy observational desciptions. I was engaged reading each page with interest, and was not swamped with professional jargon. It will be suitable for all engaged working with very young children, from any of the many multi agencies. This, I would presume, clearly follows the original intention of Mary Sheridan. As a practitioner who enjoys using drawings in her own practice of observations I did find some difficulty finding who actually did the illustrations in Howard's and Alderson's book. They are similar to illustrations in a prevous book by Sheridan ( Children's Developmental progress From birth to five years; the Stycar sequences 1975 Third edition Published by NFER). In her book (pg 7) she credits a Mr Tom Graves for preparing the drawings - I wondered if these were also his in Howard's and Alderson's Book.
I liked the reference to 'teachers and classroom assistants are arguably our most important play professionals'(pg 77). This is most apt especially as they are working within a framework of a child initiated - play led curriculum and where experience is the stimulus to learning -this theme is constantly brought out in the book. I would like to have seen perhaps, some reference to the Reggio Emelia philosophy, which also practices 'play' and experiential learning as vital tools to a child's development. Lesley
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NickiHogan on 5 Dec. 2013
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I chose this guide to play as I used Mary Sheridan's "Development from Birth to Five Years" when at university and it was always an exceptionally useful text.

I'm expecting our first child in April; I studied Speech Pathology at university but now my career is in an unrelated field and I suspect I've forgotten more than I'd like to admit! I wanted to bolster my knowledge and reacquiant myself with child development before his birth. This is a text you can read within a few hours; the layout is simple and easy to navigate and the black & white line drawings are a nice change from the usual glossy photos in most modern texts. The guide is comprehensive and well-referenced; it's not rammed with jargon and I think it would be just as easily recieved by someone with no academic background in child development or the like.

I would highly recommend this book to everyone - whether professionally involved with children or just - like me! - looking to develop your understanding of how your child will/ is developing. Excellent, interesting read :)
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Halley on 5 April 2011
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Although there are many books about children's development, some of them do not mention the importance of play on their development.So are you looking for answers as a professional or as a parent/ guardian for how play is significant on children's development? This book will help to find the answers of your questions. When I was doing my internship in the nursery, I found the book was very useful because I understand or comprehend the subjects which are available visually representative for readers.

The book starts with the definition play and continues with its function and different types of play. In order to read further notes, each section has available references. The second section which I mentioned above makes me understand logically and describes children's play in terms of their developmental stages. This section is not just good for professional it is also beneficial source for families or guardians to look at certain bahaviours and play styles in their children. This book takes into account cultural and gender differences as well as atypicality in children's play so you can assess children's play not only their age and developmental stage but also different factor that makes them different in the play ground.

After I read this book I start to think about children in different perpective. For example, the child gave me his toy and few minutes later he took it back. What kind of behaviour is this and how many months of this little child?
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