Nature Play QLD Community Partner Network
Connecting with the community to get kids playing outdoors
Nature Play QLD partners with organisations from a range of areas. Like us, they have an active interest in ensuring the health and wellbeing of children, and help us maximise the promotion of unstructured outdoor play by spreading the Nature Play QLD message across Queensland. We also work together with partners to create innovative strategies to get kids outdoors playing, and join together to run events.
We are very grateful to these organisations for their shared concern and support of the Nature Play QLD mission. To learn more about these organisations, click on their names below:
- Queensland Health
Nature Play QLD strongly commends the Queensland Government for their foresight and recognition of the need to intervene in the growing trend of an indoor sedentary childhood amongst Queensland children. Premier Newman and his team have demonstrated exemplary care and consideration for QLD kids through funding Nature Play QLD, in order to inspire and encourage QLD kids back outdoors to play in an unstructured manner.
Nature Play QLD is fully funded by the Queensland Government, through the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing.
About the Garden Magazine is an Australian publication and network of independent garden centres dedicated to providing practical gardening advice to home gardeners or those looking to get started. No question is ever too silly; we’ve all had plants die, it happens, but we’d like to help you be as successful as possible and find the same enjoyment from ‘growing’ as we do.
The vision of ACHPER QLD is to promote active and healthy living for all Queenslanders, particularly young people, through education and quality professional practice.
As the peak body, ACHPER QLD provides programs and services for professionals working in the Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Sport field which will support the continuing development of their knowledge, skills and professional practice.
ACEL is the premier provider of resources and experiences for educational leaders across Australia. ACEL's membership continues to grow, with over 6500 members actively connecting and participating in regular professional learning opportunities.
Brisbane City Council's natural spaces include reserves, wetlands, forests and parklands. There are hundreds of parks across the city, ranging from small pocket parks to large district parks and two Botanic Gardens. Brisbane is the most biodiverse capital city with the highest diversity of native plants and wildlife of any other capital city in the country.
Brisbane Kids is the official guide to child friendly Brisbane, providing a “go to” online for parents and carers in and around Brisbane. Brisbane Kids also offers an engaged community network of caring parents and carers, wanting nothing but the best for their children.
Ngaire Stirling and her amazing Brisbane Kids team have joined the Nature Play QLD movement to support a mission they see as closely aligned to Brisbane Kids. Ngaire likens Nature Play QLD to a 'Childhood Revolution'; the revolution we must have to shift the current trend towards a healthy balance for QLD kids that includes outdoor play as a priority.
A provider of family day care, OHSC and Kindy services, this not-for-profit organisation is built on a foundation of Christian values and commitment to quality care, trust and respect for clients and the community.
Our award-winning Active & Healthy program offers over 170 fun, free or low cost physical activity and healthy eating group sessions per week, catering to all levels of fitness, ability and age. Download the program or browse all the activities on More Gold Coast's events calendar.
School holiday fun - find out about free or low cost activities happening during the school holidays.
The Creche and Kindergarten Association Limited (C&K) is a not for profit organisation and has offered the highest standard of early childhood education and care since its inception in 1907. With more than 100 years' in early childhood education and care, C&K is regarded as one of Australia's leading providers of long day care, kindergarten and family day care services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs.
ECTA provides professional development, information and networking to all colleagues working in early childhood settings. ECTA provides professional support for hundreds of teachers and other early childhood professionals working anywhere in the State of Queensland.
We believe that hands-on, experiential learning is the best educational approach for children and we do this through a strong connection to nature and the outdoors, interest-lead learning, emergent curriculum, a play-based focus, enquiry-based teaching style and authentic play. When children’s natural curiosity is encouraged, learning flows organically.
First Door empowers those seeking to develop their professional capability, knowledge and skills in Management and the Early Childhood sector. Our purpose is to develop a motivated and highly skilled workforce that is able to make a positive difference to individuals and communities of people.
At Ginger Sport, the values we live by are the values we work by. When choosing an activity for your child, the choice can be overwhelming. There is so much to consider – timing, location, sports versus arts, plus many more. And sometimes, you just know that a company is the right fit for you and your family’s values.
Ginger Sport offers a huge variety of activities with times and locations to suit. Our commitment to our values, and our passion for what we do, is what motivates families to choose us.
Healthy Waterways works to protect and improve waterway health in South East Queensland, as well as inspire children to value and enjoy their local waterways in sustainable ways.
IMAGINE Occupational Therapy for children is a specialist service located on the Sunshine Coast for children of all abilities. From early intervention to school based occupations, we are here to help! We work in a multidisciplinary clinic with psychologists, speech pathologists, dietitians and audiologists. Imagine offers school based services, home visits and clinic consultations.
Ipswich City Council is leading the way in implementing Nature Play across their Council region. They are the first QLD Council to create a Nature Recreation Officer position aimed at ensuring quality Nature Play activities for Ipswich families.
Kindilan tailors outdoor education packages for schools, corporate groups, community and special needs groups. They offer full conference facilities, professional catering, and accommodation options for over 300 people on site. They also offer campout and cooking experiences, as well as off-site expeditions for increased challenge for participants.
Logan City Council is dedicated to promoting Nature Play across their Council region. With 70% of Logan being green space, leafy suburbs and bushland acreage, it’s the ideal place for nature play adventures.
Mylestones Printing employs more than 40 staff with disability and is proud to be an Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE). Mylestones Printing offers a range of professional digital printing and design services.
Mylestones printing supports Nature Play QLD by printing and packaging all Nature Play resources, as well as mailing out all Nature Play QLD's passports to the adventurous kids in waiting.
Thank you to Mylestones for your support, as well as your extremely prompt service.
The founding organisation that has been looking after and acquiring land for National Parks in QLD since the late 1920s, NPAQ encourages people of all ages to enjoy and appreciate our National Parks and wilderness areas.
Originating in London, UK in 2012, Outdoor Classroom Day was originally termed Empty Classroom Day. In 2016, with the help of school leaders, play experts and NGO partners, the campaign became a global movement that saw almost half a million children from 52 countries get involved. Building on the success of the earlier years, this campaign aims to get even more children around the world learning and playing outside on Outdoor Classroom Day.
Our mission: Quality advocacy and quality support Our vision: Genuine partnering for world-class education
P&Cs Qld is the peak parent body which represents the interests of state school parents and citizens associations throughout Queensland. It has a history of more than 60 years and a membership of almost 1300 P&C associations
PCYC Queensland is a not-for-profit, member based youth development organisation with 53 clubs right across Queensland.
PCYC offers outstanding crime prevention and youth development programs and Indigenous programs. PCYC also offer diverse sport and recreation opportunities to young people and the wider community, as well as school age care services and gym and fitness facilities.
The People and Parks Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit organisation connecting people with parks, and building a stronger relevance of parks within everybody’s lives.
Playgroup QLD are a fantastic source of support for playgroups, families and children in QLD, facilitating connection and learning through play. We are very happy to welcome Playgroup QLD to Nature Play QLD community. Playgroup QLD were quick to recognise the potential of Nature Play QLD for the children, families and playgroups they support.
Project Wild Thing is a film led movement to get more kids (and their folks!) outside and reconnecting with nature. Project Wild Thing is much more than a film, this is a growing movement of organisations and individuals who care deeply about the need for nature connected, free-range, roaming and outdoor playing kids in the 21st century.
Nestled in the heart of the Ripley Valley, Providence is a community of authentic, welcoming neighbourhoods, each fostering a genuine sense of belonging. It’s a place that reflects the spirit of the past, while providing the benefits and opportunities that can only be found in Australia’s most visionary new town.
Providence is the first property developer to partner with Nature Play QLD to help shape their community into a place for children to play freely outdoors.
QASSP are the voice of State School Principals, supporting, developing and strengthening educational leadership capabilities to improve educational outcomes for state school students in Queensland.
Sharing a common goal to support the holistic development of Queensland young people, QASSP recognises that for children, play is learning. Additionally, recognition and support is given to fact that when children are supported to play and recreate outdoors, their senses and creativity is stimulated. Through the physical activity of play, their blood is thoroughly oxygenated and flushed through their bodies and brains. Subsequently, children are ready to return to the classroom, to sit, concentrate and learn.
QCAN represent 90% of the Outside School Hour Care (OSHC) providers in QLD, and are the lead agency for School Age Care to implement the National Quality Framework. QCAN are a fantastic source of support for OSHC providers, creating platform for connecting carers for school children on issues related to providing a service that takes a whole-child-development approach.
Having QCAN join the Nature Play QLD community will lengthen and strengthen our message. Thank you for your support.
QISPN is the representative body for the parents and carers of children attending independent schools. Established in 2014, the network provides a voice for and represents the diverse view points of parents of independent school children in key education debates and policy discussions. It also keeps parents and carers informed of major changes to Queensland schooling.
SCHOOL CAMPS QLD PROFILE:
School Camps QLD aims to ensure all QLD kids have the opportunity to experience camp during their schooling. Programs are challenge and value based camps, giving young Queenslanders an opportunity to experience Australian bush.
Water is an essential part of life. It gives and sustains life and helps to create prosperity. It’s a vital service that we deliver to more than 3.6 million people in South East Queensland.
The Society for Growing Australian Plants QLD Region is a non-professional organisation and is open to all persons interested in studying, growing and conserving Australian plants.
Steve Parish is an acclaimed naturalist, photographer, artist, teacher, publisher and author. Steve Parish – Nature Connect’s philosophy is based on the fundamental concept of nature connection being the single most important issue of our time. Their activities illustrate that philosophy and raise awareness of our place in the natural world.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Australia and it is largely preventable. By minimising your exposure to UV you can minimise your risk of developing skin cancer and melanoma.
sundicators patented colour changing technology measures your daily dose of UVA & UVB (broad spectrum) exposure. Putting sunscreen on the sundicator mimics the SPF protection the sunscreen is giving your body – there is no more guessing.
TOUCHED BY OLIVIA PROFILE:
This foundation advocates for an inclusive society, connected by play, through the Livvi’s Place National Network of inclusive play spaces.
Townsville Kids is an amazing online resource for parents and carers in and around Townsville. Townsville Kids has connected parents and carers, who want nothing but the best for their children, creating an information hub of things-to-do for kids, inspiring activity and creativity for Townsville young people.
Angela Anderson, owner/editor of Townsville Kids, has joined the Nature Play QLD movement to support a mission closely aligned to Townsville Kids. A strong advocate for an outdoor childhood, Angela wants to get on board encouraging, inspiring and enchanting kids to go outdoors, play and receive all the essential benefits derived from this type of childhood.
Tow Skimming promotes coordination, balance, confidence and fitness, encouraging kids to develop the skills necessary for more advanced sporting activities.
If your organisation could spread the word about Nature Play QLD, or would like to work with us to help with our mission, please contact us - we’d love to hear from you.