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PEDAL: Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development & Learning

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What is PEDAL?

Our mission is to conduct academic research into the role of play in young children’s lives and to inform wider practice and policy.  PEDAL is located in the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Education, and was launched in October 2015 with funding from the LEGO Foundation. PEDAL is part of the Psychology, Education and Learning Studies Research Group at the Faculty.

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PEDAL Hub - our new play research website

Current and credible play research is hard to find, and often even harder to understand. PEDAL Hub is our new online resource that helps parents, practitioners, teachers, NGOs and policy-makers locate authoritative play research as well as understand its practical implications. Features include a keyword search tool that locates the abstracts of a suite of relevant research papers,  as well as 'Play Pieces', our user-friendly digests of key concepts, findings and theories. Do check it out and let us know what you think!

Visit the PEDAL Hub.

Conference poster'Learning to Play and Playing to Learn' Conference 

The PEDAL and REAL Research Centres are hosting a joint one day conference, on Tuesday 2 July 2019, which will investigate the role of play-based learning in low income countries, as well as in low resource settings within middle and higher income countries.

The conference will include keynote speeches, panel discussions and poster presentations to explore:

  • how play-based learning is undertaken in different settings and its contribution to early learning;
  • measurement of play-based learning, including tracking progress in the context of Sustainable Development Goal targets, with a focus on early childhood education and early learning;
  • the future of play-based learning in a changing world - looking at care-givers, curricula and learning for the 21st Century.

Please see full programme for the day for further information.

Please note

This event is now sold out.

If you would like to go on to the waiting list please contact us via email at

Alternatively view the live stream of the event on the Faculty YouTube Channel.

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