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Browse a selection of research summarised by our team that feature local and global studies associated with childhood development, education, play behaviour and benefit of nature connection for health and wellbeing.

Children’s Risky Play from an Evolutionary Perspective: The Anti-Phobic Effects of Thrilling Experiences

This article takes an evolutionary perspective of children’s risky play, looking at evolutionary functions and the anti-phobic effects of risky…

Sensory Tours as a Method for Engaging Children as Active Researchers: Exploring the Use of Wearable Cameras in Early Childhood Research

KEY POINTS Wearable cameras engage young children as active researchers in recording their experiences in natural environments   This article…

Young Children and Nature: outdoor play and development, experiences fostering environmental consciousness, and the implications on playground design

This thesis from Landscape Architect Ashley Parsons, explains why designers of children’s playscapes should recognise the importance of play, nature…

What is the Relationship between Risky Outdoor Play and Health in Children? A Systematic Review

This systematic review examines the relationship between risk in outdoor play and children’s health, with the aim of informing debate…

Risky-Play at School. Facilitating Risk Perception and Competence in Young Children.

Risky play is necessary for children to develop risk-taking skills and learn how to cope with risky situations. In this…

Landscapes for play: Effects of an intervention to promote nature-based risky play in early childhood centres

This study examined the effects of increased opportunities for nature play and risky play in the outdoor environments of two…

Risky Play and Children’s Safety: Balancing Priorities for Optimal Child Development

Children’s safety and development is important. Current trends show us  that reduced time spent playing outdoors is influenced by parental…

Social contexts of development in natural outdoor environments: children’s motor activities, personal challenges and peer interactions at the river and the creek

This study looks at the influence of outdoor time on preschool aged children’s physical, social and emotional development. The researchers’…

THE DIRT ON DIRT: HOW GETTING DIRTY OUTDOORS BENEFITS KIDS

This report from the National Wildlife Federation reveals how getting down and dirty in the great outdoors — far from…

Mothers’ beliefs about risk and risk-taking in children’s outdoor play

Numerous studies over the past ten years have noted a trend towards over – protective parenting practices that restrict children’s…

Early Childhood Teachers’ Beliefs about Children’s Risky Play in Australia and Norway

Positive risk-taking in outdoor physical play is important for children’s optimal health and development. Despite this, there is mounting concern…

Children’s Experience of Place

This fascinating dissertation from well known researcher Roger Hart is almost 40 years old but is as relevant now as…

The Overprotected Kid

Hanna Rosin’s excellent and in depth article looks at why a preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk…

Nature and Embodied Education

An embodied educational environment is one that is in tune with the intimate connection of the body and the mind….

Antidepressant Microbes In Soil: How Dirt Makes You Happy

This article explains why getting dirty in the garden can be even more beneficial for mental health than previously thought….