Module 5: Towards a Pedagogy of Free Time

Last updated: April 29, 2021


  • This module aims to define the basic terms of free time pedagogy and explain the value of play and leisure for the psychosocial functioning of children.

  • It analyses the importance of free time and its use in children’s development.

  • It underlines the relevance of different types of play, and its specific benefits, as well as the involvement of the community and political actors in that objective.

  • It aims to motivate educators to embrace free time as a prerequisite for children to learn and develop, through different play activities.


Teachers will become able to:

  • understand free time pedagogy and its importance for children;

  • critically comprehend the conditions which allow the enjoyment of the right to free time or limit it;

  • recognise the benefits of play for the improvement in children development, accordingly to its different types;

  • prepare different play activities;

  • involve the community and caregivers in promoting quality free time for children.