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School and the Magic of Children

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Author: Greg Bottrill 

Discover just what it is that children need from education and why it’s so important for Early Years practice to echo upwards throughout their school journey.

‘School And The Magic of Children’ is an exploration of the very soul of childhood, leading us on an adventure into the world of Story via Drawing Club and then into a new lens to look through at play itself with the concept of Play Projects.

Author: Greg Bottrill 

Discover just what it is that children need from education and why it’s so important for Early Years practice to echo upwards throughout their school journey.

‘School And The Magic of Children’ is an exploration of the very soul of childhood, leading us on an adventure into the world of Story via Drawing Club and then into a new lens to look through at play itself with the concept of Play Projects.

Both are highly impactful and creative ways to bring learning to life based on the view that children are capable, creative and need agency in their education so that they are authentic learners and we can be authentic educators.

If you are desperate and passionate for play to live and breathe in Reception and beyond, and if you truly love children and all that they are, if you believe they deserve A Gold Afternoon Fix of childhood, then ‘School And The Magic of Children’ is the book for you. It’s time for the ‘Adult World’ to wake from the sleepwalk and give our children something special…

“In this book, I share with you an alternative to the ‘school’ of today. A way of creating the conditions for you to go on an adventure with children. Education should not be a predetermined journey with map already drawn, with no ability to leave the path or pause. It should be a co-adventure. This co-adventure can only take place when we take the first step into the unknown. This can feel daunting and can open us up to questions and uncertainty. However, once we do take that first step, an adventure lies ahead like no other – an adventure so magical that it can and will change everything. And the reason that this adventure is so special is that it will take you into the very soul of children and of yourself. 

In these pages, I offer you an invitation. It comes from my head and heart to speak to yours. It is not didactic. It is a way to create the conditions for the magic of children to thrive.”
Greg Bottrill

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd (Mar 2020)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1529709849
  • ISBN-13: 978-1529709841

Paperback: RRP – £19.99 / Currently on Sale: £16.99 (Books Education) 


About the Author
Greg is an experienced Early Years specialist who is passionate about the role of play in our education systems. He is committed to enabling children to be at the centre of their own development and learning.

‘My own journey began by asking myself questions: Are the children in my care truly playing, truly thriving? Are they enabled? Are they really delighting in their learning? If these are questions you are having or if you are seeking success in your Early Years setting then “Can I Go And Play Now..?” can explore the landscape of playful learning with you. Why don’t we work together to make that phrase a thing of the past…’

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