Saturday, 20 May 2017

Preschools without walls: why children need outdoor play



Preschools without walls: why children need outdoor play

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“Historically, outdoor spaces in pre-school facilities have been the last thing to be considered,” he says. “Hence, many pre-schools are left with inadequate or non-existent outdoor play spaces.

“So we need it to become instinctive among professionals to immediately consider the provision of a decent outdoor play area when constructing, designing or managing a pre-school.”

“The benefits of outdoor play are multi-faceted and span the entire gambit of a child’s development; physical, mental, sensory and social,” he says.  “Through play, children make sense of their world – infants and toddlers investigate and learn during this sensory motor stage of development.

“This means they are learning through their senses and through movement. Outdoors, children’s senses are naturally stimulated through the ever-changing sights, sounds, smells, taste and touch of the world. “As their bodies and minds grow and develop, outdoors provides endless opportunities for new experiences which are unavailable inside.”......

“And it’s now a tempting option to hand a child a tablet or mobile phone rather than to bring them outside – the instant engagement screens provide for children is to the detriment of outdoor play.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Children who play outside more likely to protect nature - Manitoba Co-operator

Children who play outside more likely to protect nature - Manitoba Co-operator

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“Developing positive experiences in nature at a young age can influence our attitudes and behaviours towards nature as adults,” says Broom. “It is important to study these childhood experiences in order to develop environmental awareness and action in the next generation.”

Online tool supports ‘risky play’ | Child in the City

Online tool supports ‘risky play’ | Child in the City

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Associate Professor of Paediatrics Mariana Brussoni, whose team have developed the outside play.ca tool believes that once commonplace, everyday activities have become progressively less available to children because parents are increasingly controlling and limiting where and how their children play without considering the negatives effects of this on their children’s health and development.


She says that research has found that risky play is associated with increased physical activity in children, and the development of social behaviours, self-esteem, and risk management skills without increasing the number of reported injuries. “You still need to manage risks and hazards, but not automatically default only to safety”

Kids need access to nature for mental health

Kids need access to nature for mental health

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“We are genetically wired to be in nature,” said Louv. “When you lose something that is so central to human existence, of course you aren’t going to do so well.”
He notes that Harvard University Prof. Edward O. Wilson says that humans are innately attracted to nature — what he calls biophilia — and that we need experiences in nature for our psychological, physical and spiritual health.

Major Findings | Nature of Americans

Major Findings | Nature of Americans

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"Foundational to these recommendations is the core premise that connection to nature is not a dispensable amenity but, rather, is essential to the quality of life, health, social well-being, prosperity, and productivity of all Americans. Put a different way, the conservation of species, the protection and restoration of habitats, and the provision of healthy streams and clean air are closely linked to human flourishing. A thriving natural environment helps Americans live happier, healthier lives. It helps children develop socially, psychologically, and physically.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Many thanks to the staff at Billy Kids - Lilyfield for allowing me a quick look around their newly completed playspaces. It's so gratifying to be able to design a playspaces and work with someone who allows it to be built as per my original vision. And it look like things really work out when they do. Another perfect job by Jamie Miller who built just about everything in the 3 separate playspaces you can see.





































Sunday, 2 April 2017

Access to nature reduces depression and obesity, finds European study | Society | The Guardian

Access to nature reduces depression and obesity, finds European study | Society | The Guardian


“The evidence is strong and growing that people and communities can only thrive when they have access to nature,” said Robbie Blake, a nature campaigner for Friends of the Earth Europe, which commissioned the analysis......“We all need nature in our lives, it gives us freedom and helps us live healthily; yet deprived communities are routinely cut off from nature in their surroundings and it is suffocating for their well-being.”

In Chicago and Philadelphia, the Difference a Park Makes - The New York Times

In Chicago and Philadelphia, the Difference a Park Makes - The New York Times

“Urban policy often focuses too much just on housing,” Mr. Emanuel told me, grateful to focus on what has become a central plank of his administration and not talk policing or murder rates. “Housing alone doesn’t make a neighborhood.”

City of Denver focusing on making natural playgrounds



City of Denver focusing on making natural playgrounds

“The most important part of this is we just want kids to connect to nature in a way that I remember when I was a kid, but we know is missing from most of their lives now,” Bienenstock said. “It turns out that playgrounds, where their parents will take them, are one of the few places where they can have this experience.”
...... Emily Patterson, parks for people program manager for the Trust for Public Land, believes the appeal in natural playgrounds is connecting youth to the outdoors in ways that let their imagination take over and open doors to exploring more of the terrain. She noted numerous barriers that prevent some youth from experiencing the outdoors.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Brain + Nature = Healthy - Bay Nature

Brain + Nature = Healthy - Bay Nature

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NATURE IS RESTORATIVE; that’s practically a truism to anyone who loves the outdoors. The effects start within minutes and can be long-lasting, even transformative, when nature works on us over the course of days or weeks. Scientific research now confirms what we already know: We become more relaxed, more open and friendly, and more creative, with better memory and concentration, after being in nature. Nature lowers blood pressure, reduces stress, and bolsters our immune system. In fact, the benefits from contact with nature are now so well documented that they’re showing up on the health care industry’s agenda, and protecting nature can be seen as a public health strategy.