Saturday, 9 August 2014

Risky play and skinned knees are key to healthy child development | Toronto Star

Risky play and skinned knees are key to healthy child development | Toronto Star



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“Risk has become a bad word,” he says. “We need to start discussing its benefits. Everything pleasurable in childhood associated with a developmental stage comes with a risk. Learning is associated with risk.”

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Fantastic revamp of playspace at Uniting Care, Grantham Heights, Seven Hills,

 Sydney, New South Wales










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Thursday, 31 July 2014

How much independence should children have? - Features - Health & Families - The Independent

How much independence should children have? - Features - Health & Families - The Independent





" In 2001, as adult supervision seemed to be extending into every aspect of children's lives, Frank Furedi wrote the seminal 'Paranoid Parenting'. Now, as a mother who let her nine-year-old go to the park alone is jailed for abandonment, he realises that the problem is far worse than even he imagined then."

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Outdoor Education: Children develop sensory integration skills - Fosters

Outdoor Education: Children develop sensory integration skills - Fosters



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'....... That's when Hanscom noticed children weren't playing outdoors anymore..... Hanscom said playing and moving outdoors is critical to a child's development. Simply playing in the mud and catching frogs, for example, develops strong sensory integration. Rolling down hills or climbing trees develops one's vestibular system. Even something as simple as listening to birds chirping in the distance helps with orienting body space....... It clicked: Children are suffering sensory problems because they aren't outside enough.


Natural-terrain schoolyards reduce children’s stress, says CU-Boulder study | University of Colorado Boulder

Natural-terrain schoolyards reduce children’s stress, says CU-Boulder study | University of Colorado Boulder


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"Playing in schoolyards that feature natural habitats and trees and not just asphalt and recreation equipment reduces children’s stress and inattention, according to a University of Colorado Boulder study."