Play is the Way – Book Group

Book Group 7 on the subject of ‘Inclusion, Equality and Diversity’ (with Elizabeth Henderson and Shaddai Tembo) is scheduled for 18th May 2021.  Details of the Eventbrite page will be published via social media.

In the meantime, scroll down for details and links to recordings of previous Book Group meetings.

Book Group 6 on ‘Play, Parenting and Resilience’ featured our publisher, Carol Craig, and Professor of Child Psychology, Helen Dodd.  A fascinating discussion which aired on Tuesday 4th May and can be watched on this link


Book Group 5 on ‘Parent Power’ was held on 20th April 2021 and brought us back, as so often seems to be the case to the conflict between the need for trust in education and the prevailing culture of control. Don’t miss it on this link!



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Book Group 4 on Tuesday 6th April 2021 picked up amazingly from the previous sessions. It looks at early years from a public health perspective, with special attention to the years before age five.  Highly recommended on this link.

Book Group 4






John Frank, Professor of Public Health at Edinburgh University, and Alan Sinclair, former CEO of the Wise Group and author of ‘Right From the Start’ will discuss ‘Child development before age five… and how Scotland can support it.’  If you have questions or points you would like to raise, please send them via


Book Group 3 took place on Tuesday 30th March 2021 and you can view the recording here.  It results in a ‘pure genius’ idea to take ‘Play is the Way’ forward…

Book Group 3






Marguerite Hunter-Blair, CEO of Play Scotland, and Lisa McCabe, who led the team that established play-pedagogy across Early Level in Falkirk, discussed ‘Play IS the Way: why and how’.


Book Group 2 was held on 9th March 2021, when  Dr Pam Jarvis, Sue Palmer and Dr Helen Williams (standing in for Juliet Robertson) looked at ‘the myth of early acceleration’.  The recording is  available here.

Incidentally, at the same time as Book Group 2 was on air, the Scottish Parliament was discussing Upstart and you can see that recording here. It seems that sending all our MSPs a copy of Play is the Way might be paying off…

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Book Group 1 (the first meeting of Upstart’s Play is the Way Book Group) was on the 23rd February 2021, when Suzanne Zeedyk and Cathy McCulloch discussed Scottish identity and children’s rights. One attendee said this was the most informative and inspiring webinar she’d been at throughout lockdown. Here’s the link to the recording so you can see if you agree! Book Group 1 recording

Book Group 3


  • Kerry Anne MacNeil

    Hello, I attended the book group last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. I asked if the recording would be shared and I was told it would be in the next few days, just before I forget how will we find the link to this as I’d like to share it with my staff and some early years teachers.

    Many thanks

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