Part I: What is Play?
Chapter 1: What is play?
Chapter 2: Children’s right to play
Chapter 3: Types of play
Chapter 4: Play pioneers and their legacy
Part II: Why is Play Important?
Natalie Canning & Angela Rekers
Chapter 5: Play, learning and development
Chapter 6: Play, and early language and communication
Charlotte Greenway & Laura Hutchings
Chapter 7: Play, creativity and wellbeing
Part III: Where does Play Happen?
Chapter 8: Enabling environments: indoors and out
Chapter 9: Outdoor play
Pekka Mertala & Saara Salomaa
Chapter 10: Play in the digital world: beyond the binary logic
Chapter 11: The place of play in Early Years curricula of the UK
Angela Rekers with Mel McCree
Chapter 12: The role of the adult in play
Nanna Ryder & Charlotte Greenway
Chapter 13: Play and inclusion
Chapter 14: Play in community spaces
Margaret Kernan, Giulia Cortellesi & Mariana Palazuelos
Chapter 15: Intergenerational play
Part IV: International Perspectives
Angela Rekers & Jane Waters-Davies
Chapter 16: Cultural framing of expectations for play
Debra Laxton & Linda Cooper
Chapter 17: Play in extremis
Sarah Chicken & Sarah Whitehouse
Chapter 18: Playful learning around the world
Closing remarks: Is play under threat?