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Natalie Canning

Natalie is a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood at The Open University, and chair of E110 Young children’s play and creativity. Her background is in playwork and social work, supporting children to explore personal, social and emotional development through play. Her main research is centred on young children’s play, especially how children are empowered in play. She is particularly interested in children’s play preferences and what influences those decisions. She has published within the field of professional development in early childhood, children’s play, empowerment and creative spaces. She has taught across a variety of early childhood programmes in a number of universities at undergraduate and postgraduate level. She joined The Open University in 2009 and has edited several books on Early Childhood practice including Young Children’s Play and Creativity: Multiple Voices (2017), Implementing Quality Improvement and Change in the Early Years (2012), Play and Practice in the Early Years Foundation Stage (2011) and Reflective Practice in the Early Years (2010).

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