Introduction: Why Natural Outdoor Playspaces?

Elliott, Sue L. & Davis, Julie M. (2008) Introduction: Why Natural Outdoor Playspaces? In Elliott, Sue L. (Ed.) The Outdoor Playspace Naturally : For Children Birth to Five Years. Pademelon Press, Castle Hill, NSW, pp. 1-14.


In a country where the outdoor lifestyle of bush and beach is iconic, it is a paradox that the next generation is increasingly cooped up indoors or playing in synthetic outdoor play spaces - places where there is not a tree to climb, a cicada nymph shell to discover or a mud pie to be molded. Is this what we want for our children?

This publication is a response in particular, to the emergence of synthetic and generic outdoor play spaces in early childhood centres in Australia. The authors are concerned from a number of perspectives. These include young children's opportunities for exploration, discovery and learning, the physical and mental health of children and staff, human connections with nature and the promotion and practice of sustainable living. This publication brings together a group of authors with expertise in early childhood play space use and development, children's health and well-being, landscape architecture, play space standards and sustainability. We are committed to change, to shifting the paradigm about what early childhood outdoor play spaces should look like. The Outdoor Play Space – Naturally will inspire early childhood educators, managers of children's services, parent committees and others in the early childhood sector to reflect critically on what is currently happening in our early childhood centres and to actively participate in the paradigm shift towards natural outdoor play spaces.

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ID Code: 14697
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: For more information about this book please refer to the publisher's website (see link) or contact the author.
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Keywords: young children, outdoor playspace, playgrounds, natural environment, nature, early childhood, sustainability
ISBN: 9781876138271
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Pademelon Press
Deposited On: 03 Sep 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:50

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