Following the acquisition of Jessica Kingsley Publishers by Hachette UK, Common Threads is delighted that our much-loved Busker's Guide series is coming home!
Written from a playwork perspective, the Busker’s Guides series is for adults who work where children play. Each ‘Busker’s Guide’ provides succinct and down to earth introductions to key areas of theory and practice. Written in a light-hearted style and illustrated with original cartoons, Busker’s Guides are accessible to practitioners working in a wide range of settings.
There are eight Busker's Guides in the series: Risk (2nd Ed.), Participation (2nd Ed.), Playwork (2nd Ed.), Anti-Discriminatory Practice, Leadership, Playing Out, Inclusion and Behaviour. Each book is £4.99 (plus postage and packaging), or the complete set can be purchased for £35 (plus p&p). To order, please contact us with details of the books you require.
The Busker’s Guide to Risk (2nd edition) "You just can't let them do anything anymore you know..."
Why is risk important in children's play? · How can we protect children's right to play and protect children at the same time? · What is risk-benefit assessment and how can it help - rather than hinder - adults who work where children play?
The Busker's Guide to Risk explores why risk shouldn't be a four letter word when it comes to children's play. It starts from the right of children to play in a way that involves not only physical, but also social and emotional risk, and supports adults in developing a practical approach to balancing the need to protect children with the benefits of play.
"Humorous, clear and concise, this book highlights the importance of maintaining confidence in our own professional judgements to make play safe enough rather than risk free, reminding us that it is the “close encounters with risk”, vital to children’s development and learning, which make play fun!’" Alison Chown, Play Therapist
The Busker’s Guide to Participation (2nd edition) "Participation? Of course we do - every Wednesday without fail..."
What is participation? · What's the difference between 'adult-led' and 'child-led' participation? · And do we really need to do it at all?
The Busker's Guide to Participation sets out to help us understand our values and reasons for undertaking participation with children and young people. It shows us what authentic participation really looks like, helping us to get to grips with the ways we can positively support, interact, engage, include, involve and communicate with children and young people on all levels. Learn how to move away from simply 'doing' participation for participation's sake, and start to see participation as a 'way of being' for the benefit of everyone involved.
"This is an excellent book for both practitioners and communities. A good mix of theory and activities to help you understand how people approach participation and ways in which you can keep them engaged. One to keep in your back pocket at all times." Dr Juliet Rose, Communities Programme Manager, Eden Project
'Playwork – you mean you get paid for working with children?' What is playwork? What do playworkers do – and what don’t they do? Why is playwork different to working in early years settings, teaching, youth work..? The Buskers Guide to Playwork gives readers an accessible introduction to playwork. It outlines the fundamentals of the playwork ethos and gives readers practical guidance on how to apply this when working with children. This popular Busker's Guide has sold over 12,000 copies around the world, and is currently being translated into several different languages - watch this space!
‘Why don’t children behave anymore?’ What is behaviour? Why do adults get involved with children’s behaviour? And why don’t we need ‘behaviour management’ anymore? The Buskers Guide to Behaviour takes a unique look at the theory and practice of working with children’s behaviour in group settings. It encourages adults to apply some lateral thinking to some old chestnuts and gives practical advice on working with children.
‘Outdoor play? Oh yes, we’ve bought some equipment for that...’
Why is playing outside important? What can adults do to support children in playing outside? And why is ‘playing outside’ different to ‘outdoor play’?
The Buskers Guide to Playing Out explores the theoretical and practical considerations for why it is important for children to have access to outdoor spaces for their play. It examines types of outdoor play spaces and offers guidance in how adults can help manage outdoor spaces and resources while also supporting children’s play.
'Inclusion? I don't think we could cope!' What is inclusion? What isn't inclusion? Why is inclusion important for all children? And how do we go about making it happen?
The Buskers Guide to Inclusion explores what inclusion really means in a lively and down-to-earth way. It begins with some of the pitfalls to be avoided and identifies some important principles for good practice. It clearly demonstrates how these principles are equally applicable to working with every child, and how we can shift from seeing some children as 'special' to developing settings in which all children feel they truly belong. This Busker's Guide has been reprinted five times and used in over 10000 diverse settings all over the world!
‘Well there is no leader as such – we all just get on with it!’
What is leadership? What do leaders need to do to ensure really good practice in their teams? And why leading is not the same as doing…
The Big Buskers Guide to Leadership looks at the role of the leader in providing really great services for children in their settings. It focuses on the need for leaders to be clear about what it is that their setting should achieve for the children who go there and how to communicate this to the rest of their teams. It emphasises the need for leaders to be able to influence the practice of others in their settings and looks at some of the skills that leaders need to achieve this.
'Equal opps? No problem - we do all the festivals here...'
What is anti-discriminatory practice? What should we be doing - and not doing - about it? And why good intentions can sometimes turn out to be more trouble than they are worth…
The Buskers Guide to Anti-Discriminatory Practice sets out to dispel some of the myths that have grown up around this important but often misunderstood topic. It looks at the skills and abilities necessary for anti-discriminatory practice, identifies ways to avoid some of the pitfalls, and also suggests ways of avoiding and reacting to discrimination in settings.
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