Research

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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School Gardens

8 May 2018

Two research studies about gardens in schools and garden based learning: 1. School gardens in the city. Does environmental equity help close the achievement gap? Summary   School gardens could serve as gateways to reducing the academic achievement gap The aim of this study w…

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Prescribing Outdoor Play

8 May 2018

Two studies about how prescribing more time outdoors or in a park can help in healing process for children. 1. Outdoors Rx Summary   Pediatricians and families respond positively to a prescription program promoting increased outdoor physical activity for children Outdoors Rx is a…

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Environmental factors explain socioeconomic prevalence differences in myopia in 6-year old children

8 May 2018

Summary   Lifestyle factors, including time outdoors, explain prevalence differences in children with myopia This study involved a multiethnic cohort of 5711 six-year-old children living in a densely populated area of the Netherlands. The aim of the study was to examine whether differe…

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Nature as children's space: A systematic review

8 May 2018

ABSTRACT The emerging interest in “spaces of childhood” over the past two decades can be identified across numerous disciplines. A substantial body of research has indicated that children's active engagement within the natural environment is associated with a range of cognitive, p…

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Getting the dirt on immunity: Scientists show evidence for hygiene hypothesis

6 Feb 2018

Previous human studies have suggested that early life exposure to microbes (i.e., germs) is an important determinant of adulthood sensitivity to allergic and autoimmune diseases such as hay fever, asthma and inflammatory bowel disease. This concept of exposing people to germs at an early age (i.e…

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Thinking outside the four walls of the classroom: A Canadian Nature Kindergarten

5 Feb 2018

Developing and implementing a Nature Kindergarten provided new opportunities for students and teachers to deepen their connections with place. ABSTRACT This article describes the planning and implementing of a Nature Kindergarten in the Sooke Public School District in British Columbia, Canada.…

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Handheld screen time linked with speech delays in young children

5 Feb 2018

SAN FRANCISCO - As the number of smart phones, tablets, electronic games and other handheld screens in U.S. homes continues to grow, some children begin using these devices before beginning to talk. New research being presented at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting suggests these children…

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Children’s screen time From Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, 2015 Report

5 Feb 2018

Key findings A majority of Australian children are spending more than the recommended two-hour daily limit for screen time (watching television, on computers and playing electronic games). At 4–5 years old, children average more than two hours screen time per week-day. By 12–13 yea…

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Outdoor risky play and healthy child development in the shadow of the “risk society”: A forest and nature school perspective

23 Jan 2018

ABSTRACT This article addresses the effects of a risk-averse Western society on healthy childhood development. Forest and nature schools are specifically identified for their inclusion of outdoor risky play. Forest and nature schools are presented as idealized venues to investigate and understa…

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