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About Ana Ardelean

Ana is a previous playworker, children's service manager and trainer, current lecturer in Childhood Development and Playwork and play consultant.

Ana's background is in playwork and front line work with children. She has 15 years of experience working in many different play settings in various countries; nurseries, schools, after school and holiday clubs, playschemes and special needs support services, refugee camps and more. She then moved on to play service management and development, playwork training and consultancy. At the moment she is researching play in refugee children and supporting schools across Yorkshire to improve the state of children's play. Ana also sits on the trustee board as a treasurer of International Play Association (England branch).

Current Teaching

BA(Hons) Childhood Development & Playwork


  • Playwork: Foundations of Theory and Practice
  • Play Environments
  • Training the Trainer

Research Interests

Ana's research is concerned with children's play in times of humanitarian crises and more particularly, how the need for play can met in refugee camps with the help of playwork. Her research aims to impact on policies and procedures changes around the practice of and training for staff in Child Friendly Spaces across the world.

Selected Publications

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