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Play, learning and the brain
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This course was prepared for by Dr Naima Browne, who is a specialist in Early Years education. She has taught in nursery and primary schools, been an early years advisor and university lecturer, and published widely in the field.

Grateful acknowledgement is made to the following sources for permission to reproduce material in this course:

Course image: Georgie Pauwels in Flickr made available under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Licence.

Key images: Getty Photodisc.

Two brain scans: copyright © Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D.

Rivkin, M. S. (2000) ‘Outdoor experiences for young children’. www/ ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools/US Department of Education.

Pool, C. R. (1997) ‘Maximising learning: A conversation with Renate Nummela Caine’, Educational Leadership, Vol. 54, No. 6, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). Copyright © 1977 by Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Wilson, L. O. and Spears, A. (2003) ‘Overview of brain-based learning’.

National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education (2002) ‘Recess and the importance of play: a position statement on young children and recess’ [Online]. Available at

US Department of Education (1997) ‘Making connections: how children learn’, Read With Me, September 1997.

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