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Book Launch: Play and Health in Childhood: A Rights-based Approach



Edinburgh Steiner School are pleased to co-host the BOOK LAUNCH of PLAY AND HEALTH IN CHILDHOOD: A RIGHTS-BASED APPROACH by Julia Whitaker and Alison Tonkin


In this, their fourth book examining the interdependence of play and health, the authors unpack the concepts of play, health and childhood in the context of children’s rights.

The book investigates how practitioners can advocate for the child’s right to play to meet all their health and development needs. It presents numerous examples of best practice from a range of settings – including schools, hospitals, charities, families and more – and incorporates the voices of children as they imagine a future in which play is elevated to a central position in their lives.



Whitaker and Tonkin present a comprehensive and compelling argument from a human rights perspective for the correlation between play and health … We are left in no doubt that a child’s right to the highest attainable standard of health cannot be realized if they are not supported to engage in play.”

Cathy Gilman, CEO, Starlight Children’s Foundation



Written in an engaging format, this book is an impressive read for those wishing to understand both theory and practice in relation to play and the effect it has on a healthy childhood.”

Helen Forrest, Chief Executive, Children’s Health Scotland



Come along to meet the authors and a selection of contributors, listen to some readings from the book, and enjoy some music and performance from pupils of the school. Contributors include Steiner Waldorf teachers, a former Edinburgh Steiner pupil and current parent.


20% discount on the sale of the book on the day!


Places Limited. Tickets are free but please register to reserve your seat.