The importance of play for your child – with Dr. Amanda Gummer. Episode 27 of The Sue Atkins Parenting Show

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Amanda Gummer half interview Dr Amanda Gummer Widely considered as THE UK’s go to expert on play, toys and apps. Amanda has over 20 years experience working with children and families & I was delighted to interview her for my ‘Experts Around The World’ podcast. To find out more about Fundamentally Children click here 






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