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Overview of PEDAL

In this video, Elizabeth and Tilly will direct you to more resources. These will help you learn more about learning through play wherever you are!
In this step, Elizabeth and Tilly are going to tell us a little bit more about PEDAL. Take it away, Elizabeth. Welcome back. As we mentioned at the beginning of this unit, we work in the Center for Research on Play in education, development, and learning. Also known as PEDAL, here at the University of Cambridge. We’re going to tell you a little bit about the research that we do at PEDAL. At PEDAL we do serious research about play. We have a whole team dedicated to play in early life and we believe that children might learn best when they’re having fun. Below this video you can find links to PEDAL resources that you can access whenever you want.
First, you’ll find a link to the PEDAL Hub. This is where you can find information on our team members, the research work that we do, and our thoughts on play, research and policy. Through the PEDAL Hub web page, you’ll access our play pieces. Play pieces are short blog posts about how and why play can be good for Children’s Health, wellbeing, development and learning. You can also follow us on Twitter where we share loads of great ideas for how you can learn through play at home and at school. Below this video you’ll also find some short summaries showcasing some of the research we do here in PEDAL.
I can’t wait to check out those play pieces and I’m going to follow you on Twitter right now. While reading through the resource is below, see if you can think of any examples in your life where learning through play has been important in early childhood. This might help you in the next step where we’re going to ask you to design your own SEL activity to do with babies and toddlers. Sounds good. Thank you both again and to everybody at home, you’re moving on to the next step.

In this video, Elizabeth and Tilly will direct you to some PEDAL resources (see links below). These will help you learn more about learning through play wherever you are! You will also find a downloadable PDF document at the bottom of the page, summarising some of the published and ongoing research at PEDAL.

The PEDAL Hub has information about our team members, the work we’re doing, and our thoughts about play research and policy. Access the PEDAL Hub webpage and follow us on Twitter

Through the PEDAL Hub webpage, you can also access our Play Pieces. Play Pieces are short blog posts that explore how and why play can be useful for children’s health, wellbeing, learning, and development. You can find all of our Play Pieces here

We’ve also picked out a few Play Pieces that we thought might be of particular interest:

  1. Infants and play: do babies learn through play?
  2. Play and infant interactions with caregivers
  3. Why we all need play in a crisis
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