Dr Ana Mantilla completed her doctoral studies in early childhood education at Monash University in 2012. She is a Senior Research Associate for the Institute for Learning Sciences & Teacher Education, Australian Catholic University . Ana works within the Early Childhood Futures Research Concentration directed by Professor Susan Edwards, which focuses on innovative studies that examine the role of play-based learning in building young children’s knowledge outcomes for the 21st century. Ana is currently research managing an Australian Research Council Discovery Project on digital play and an Australian Research Council Linkage Project on a best practice framework for playgroups in schools.