Diane Rich has supported practitioners, especially teachers, in developing
play in their settings for many years. She has worked with groups or
individuals on site, on courses and at conferences. She has set up reflective
practice projects in her work with practitioners at a variety of levels
throughout the UK. In the 1990s she work with a team of Hertfordshire
advisory teachers, and Mary Jane Drummond from the University of Cambridge to
devise the University accredited course ‘Learning in the Early Years’. For
many years she led sessions on this course relating to
- miniature world play
- role play
- weapon related and superhero play
- children as story makers in play.
She continues to develop work in this area and support practitioners at all
levels to keep play at the heart of children’s learning.
Diane regularly writes on the theme of play in education journals.
Diane's articles on children's play can be
seen on the publications page.
She is currently writing a book on children's imaginative play.
She has been invited to act as consultant in play issues for the
Association for Teachers and Lecturers (ATL)
Diane acted as consultant to The Baby Channel on the programme on play and
appeared in two programmes on gender related issues in children's play.
Rich Learning Opportunities plans to
publish a book in the What matters to children series based on play.
Diane Rich is a trustee for London Play and works on various
projects promoting children’s right to play.
She was a member of the expert advisory panel for the recent national
review on children’s play. She was also on the London Mayor's play strategy
Rich Learning Opportunities endorses
Play's Children's Play Charter
Rich Learning Opportunities endorses the
Children's Play Charter for Parents and Teachers set out in 'The Genius of
Play - celebrating the spirit of childhood', by Sally Jenkinson (page 129, 2001, Hawthorn Press: