Liz Chesworth has just returned from Mexico where she had been invited to give a keynote at the 2017 Monterrey International Conference for Early Childhood Education. The conference was attended by more than 1200 delegates, with academic- and practice-based representation from many disciplines, including psychology, education, health, sociology, and architecture. This was a great opportunity to discuss and debate different perspectives relating to contemporary issues in early childhood.
Liz’s presentation explored the importance of relationships, spaces and materials for young children’s participation in play. Whilst play is recognised to have global importance for young children, the conference encouraged participants to consider play as culturally situated. Liz discussed some ways in which recognition of cultural funds of knowledge can enable a more informed understanding of play and playful activity in different communities. You can read about this here:
Chesworth, L. (2016) A funds of knowledge approach to examining play interests: listening to children’s and parents’ perspectives, International Journal of Early Years Education, 24:3, 294–308, DOI: 10.1080/09669760.2016.1188370