The “healthy dose” of nature: A cautionary tale

15 Jan 2019

An interesting research article that looks at the possible negative outcomes of the increasingly popular trend amongst health professionals to 'prescribe nature'. This article suggests the need for caution in uncritically or universally prescribing "healthy doses of nature"…

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2018 AHKA Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Young People

28 Nov 2018

This year marks the release of the third Full AHKA Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Young People, which assesses 12 physical activity indicators (physical activity behaviours, traits, and the settings and sources of influence, and strategies and investments, which have the potential…

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This Place I Call Home

26 Nov 2018

In 2018, the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) provided an opportunity for Queensland’s children and young people to speak up and have a say about their everyday lives, priorities, concerns and visions for their communities and futures. The Growing up in Queensland project engaged…

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National Quality Framework - 'Bush Kindy'

9 May 2018

The development of a quality educational program for children should include outdoor activities such as exploring natural environments, which are beneficial to children and contribute to improving children’s learning, health and wellbeing. To meet these needs, some education and care services…

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All Abilities Inclusion

28 Nov 2017

1 in 5 Australians is living with a disability. It can be daunting for parents, educators, and activity providers to think about how to engage children with a disability in outdoor play. We recommend you ask questions, because every disability is different and nobody knows what they need better than…

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Impact of the Nature Play Passport Interface 2016 - 2017

15 Nov 2017

This study reports on the continuing impact of the online interface for the Passport to an Amazing Childhood program, examining comments and star ratings made by Queensland children, on individual passport missions.  View Report Here…

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Peter Gray Forum Video link

9 Nov 2017

Peter Gray is an American psychologist and research professor in the Department of Psychology at Boston College. He is most well known for his research concerned with children's natural ways of learning and the role of play in children's development. He is the author of Free to Lea…

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Nature Play and Outdoor Learning Policy

5 Oct 2017

Having a 'Nature Play and Outdoor Learning Policy' for your school or service is a wonderful way to develop and define your ethos, aims and practice. Here at Nature Play QLD we understand how busy all of you wonderful teachers and educators are. For that reason we have provided for you a…

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Nature Play Discussion Paper: A review of evidence & implications for practice

1 Aug 2017

Report developed for Nature Play Qld with funding from the Queensland Government, Department of National Parks, Recreation and Racing. This document is part of series of evidence-based position statements directly focused on childhood and outdoor free play. They intend to demonstrate the importan…

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Letter To Educators

27 Jul 2017

Dear Educators, Welcome to Nature Play QLD and thank you for joining the movement to get children back outdoors. Whether you work in Early Childhood, Primary, FDC or OSHC, as educators, we know outdoor learning, and specifically outdoor learning through play, has positive impacts for children.…

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