Dr Amanda Gummer is a Play Expert and child psychologist. Dr Gummer has a PhD in Neuropsychology, a postgraduate certificate in Higher Education and over 20 years’ experience working with children and families. She founded the Good Play Guide in 2012 to provide an independent, expert accreditation service for children’s products, which has now expanded to incorporate 4 further Good Guides now under the Good Play Guide Umbrella – Toys, Apps, Baby and Learning.
Dr Gummer is widely considered as the UK’s go-to expert on play, toys and child development and can be seen regularly in the media, including BBC News, Sky News, The Daily Mail and many more, offering advice on news stories and issues surrounding children, families and child development.
Dr Gummer starts by discussing what we mean by ‘writing’, from being developmentally ready physically, to sharing ideas (cognitive) and the social aspects of writing – and why all these should be done with fun and play.
She has some great ideas for fun activities and also some sage advice about choosing and evaluating writing Apps that you can use in your Early Years setting or recommend to parents. Dr Gummer shares good advice for helping parents choose fun activities that will support their children’s writing later, but cautions against rushing children into writing before formal schooling if they are not ready.
We finish by discussing the power of Play and playful learning.
Amanda’s website www.goodplayguide.com
Amanda’s book is available here:
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