Stuart and Wendy are the authors of the highly acclaimed research and literature review Play for a Change – Play, Policy and Practice: A review of contemporary perspectives.
Stuart Lester is a Senior Lecturer in Playwork at the University of Gloucestershire and an independent playwork trainer and adviser. He has worked for over twenty years as a playwork practitioner, with a particular focus on adventure playgrounds and outdoor play. Recent publications include Play, naturally – a review of children’s playful relationship with natural spaces (with Martin Maudsley).
Wendy Russell started her first adventure playground job in 1975. She has worked in playwork ever since, in a number of roles, including playworker, play officer, play researcher and playwork trainer. Currently, she divides her time between being Senior Lecturer in Playwork at the University of Gloucestershire, working freelance, and her own research into play and playwork.
The presentation introduces the main themes of Stuart Lester and Wendy Russell's paper - Children's Right to Play: An examination of the importance of play in the lives of children - commissioned by the IPA and published by the Bernard van Leer Foundation. The paper is available to download on the Bernard van Leer Foundation website.