Theresa Casey Consultancy - design plan

Theresa's career has spanned adventure play for children with disabilities, developing play projects for children in disadvantaged communities with the Foundation for Child Development, Thailand, and supporting inclusion through play in schools and networks of community settings. She has a degree in painting from Edinburgh College of Art and a Post Graduate in Playwork from Heriot Watt University.

In 2011 Theresa was elected to serve a second 3 year term as President of the International Play Association, a worldwide membership-based association whose purpose is to preserve, protect and promote the child's right to play as a fundamental human right. This voluntary role involves leading the international Board on implementation of strategic goals on behalf of IPA members in 50 countries around the world. IPA is currently working closely with the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in the development of their General Comment on article 31.

She is particularly known for her books on play and for the Play Inclusive ( Action Research project, is a fellow of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and her work has been recognised through a number of national and international awards.

She is the mother of two young children who keep her on her toes and make sure she practises what she preaches!

"I've been extremely fortunate to spend time with playing children in different cultures and contexts (some of them not growing up in the kind of environments any parent would choose for their children). Those children have taught me what the right to play means for children at a very profound level. Of course it is about joy and laughter but also about dignity, survival and children's very best interests." Theresa Casey


Theresa Casey Consultancy - design plan

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Inclusive Play - Practical Strategies for Children from Birth to Eight 2nd Edition (2010)

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"Written from the author's deep commitment to young children's play, this second edition is straightforward and enthusiastically written and packed with good advice and activities to both enhance and challenge current play practices and adults' thinking. It's a great combination of initial theoretical justification followed by many good examples of play situations to which practitioners can relate." - Professor Emeritus Janet Moyles, Early Years & Play Consultant

Environments for Outdoor Play- a practical guide to making space for children (2007)

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"This practical book helps the reader plan, design and manage the kinds of settings that afford children the opportunities to carry out a wide range of self-directed activities that are so important to their development. It’s ideal for community workers, the organizers of after-school programs, children’s hospitals staff and groups of caring parents." - Roger A. Hart, Director Children’s Environments Research Group, City University of New York

SAGE is offering a 20% discount on Inclusive Play, 2nd Edition and Environments for Outdoor Play plus free postage and packaging. To order your copy of this book, please call Customer Services on 020 7324 8703, or visit and quote the reference: UK10SM010

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