Conference Papers

Workshop | Adults Understanding of the Play Cycle

The Play Cycle is a way of observing children’s play. This paper based on a research study on playworkers understanding of the Play Cycle is the first empirical study on this play theory. Results show a variation in adults understanding of the six elements that make up the Play Cycle which has implications for professional practice for those who work with children in a play context. This includes teachers, early years practitioners and childcare workers. The paper concludes with revised definitions and explanation of the Play Cycle and offers a way of observing and mapping Play Cycles.

King, P. (2019) 'Workshop | Adults Understanding of the Play Cycle', paper presented to The 15th Annual Conference of the British Education Studies Association (BESA), 27–28 June, viewed 13 August 2020, <>