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'Risky play' can be good for kids, pediatricians say in new guidance

The Canadian Paediatric Society says a little risk can be good for kids' physical and mental well-being. The organization issued new recommendations encouraging children to engage in unstructured outdoor play.

Some risky play can be good for children Canadian pediatricians say

Source: Canada News

Re-Imagining Outdoor Playspaces: An Unexpected Consequence of the COVID-19 Lockdown


This paper presents a series of reflective observations on the use of outdoor spaces in Melbourne, Australia, during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

Source: Deborah Moore, Anne-Marie Morrissey, Mary Jeavons 2022

Intentional Teaching in Natural Environments

Source: Early Years Series - Anne Houghton - 16 June 2022

How are the children growing?

Three months on from our first big garden design, the question is, how is the garden growing?

Building a sensory garden, A story by Sally Joyce, Joyce Mowing & Gardening

Source: Play Australia Member News Autumn 2022

Children, Play & Crisis

Presented by Robyn Monro Miller as part of the Autumn Online Learning Series

Source: Robyn Monro Miller

The Pandemic Play Project - documenting kids' culture during COVID-19

"The Pandemic Play Project came about because of a moment in history shared by people around the globe, coupled with a recognition of the importance of play in children's lives. This project explored the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the play lives of Australian children."

Authors: Judy McKinty and Ruth Hazleton

Click here to read the journal article online

Source: International Journal of Play (2022)

Early Years Learning in Australian Natural Environments

"Equip your students with the theoretical and practical knowledge to thrive outdoors in natural learning environments.

Early Years Learning in Australian Natural Environments provides pre-service and practising teachers with the knowledge and skills to connect children with nature through outdoor play and learning. Written by an experienced team of Australian authors, this book supports pre-service teachers in developing a deep understanding of how nature-based play and learning can promote children’s wellbeing and development."

Check out the Booktopia website for more information

Source: Fran Hughes, Sue Elliott, Karen Anderson, Barbara Chancellor

Nature Based Advocacy - a pathway to YES

Presented by Michelle Shaw, Wyndham City, this presentation outlines the pathway to order to develop and deliver a nature kindergarten program at Werribee Mansion, a first for Council. One of Wyndham’s most extraordinary Early Years Teachers, Michelle Shaw shares her story, the trials and tribulations and commitment that she needed to get a YES to make this happen.

Source: Early Years Series - Term 1, 2022

REBOOT Reimagining Physically Active Lives

The 2022 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Young People

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Source: Active Healthy Kids Australia March 2022