Dr Amanda Gummer is a Play Expert and child psychologist. She 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.
In this interview Dr Gummer explains the aims of the Good Play Guides and why we should all be more playful. She explains how play can be used to support children’s wellbeing and how play can be used to meet the requirements of statutory curricula.
Dr Gummer explains the Balanced Play Diet Pyramid, which details different types of play and the amount of each that children should have – from imaginative play through to solitary screen time – using a balanced diet analogy. She then goes on to explain the what, where and who of play.
Dr Gummer has some great strategies for Early Years settings to help them provide different types of play.
Amanda’s website www.goodplayguide.com
Amanda’s book is available here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Play-child-develop-first-years/dp/0091955149
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