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A Comparison of Playworkers and Non-playworkers Who Use a Playwork Approach

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Child Care in Practice, Pages: 1 - 17

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The International Playwork Census (IPC) was undertaken to compare demographic data from both playworkers and non-playworkers who use a playwork approach in their work. Data were collected from 273 responses in nineteen different countries reflecting the growth of playwork from its United Kingdom beg...

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Published in: Child Care in Practice
ISSN: 1357-5279 1476-489X
Published: Informa UK Limited 2022
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