Phillips, L.G., (2018). Play as political and citizenship learning. Cascade, 2, pp. 5-6.

Following, an international study on young children’s civic action and learning in early childhood settings in Australia, New Zealand and the USA, my colleagues (Jenny Ritchie & Jenn Adair) and I have recognized that the child-initiated scope of play enables children to explore what it means to co-exist with others, that is citizenship. Early childhood settings are, for many children, their first entry into a community of unknown others (MacNaughton, 2007), thereby offering space for children to do civic action, that is negotiate action for the collective. It was in the open-ended time, and space of play in early childhood settings that we saw children use their agency to initiate, work together and collectively pursue ideas that are important to the group.

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