17thOctober 2023

Playing outdoors: What do children do, where and with whom?

17.10.23|Categories: Research|Tags: , , , |

In their October newsletter, Play Scotland share findings from a study in the Netherlands, February 2022 to March 2023.  This recorded children’s play behaviour after school in three post-war residential districts in three cities in The Netherlands. This study showed differences in play behaviour by gender, age, district and play [...]

5thJanuary 2023

Early Childhood Nature Connections Toolkit

05.01.23|Categories: Research, Resources|Tags: , , , , , |

Many cities are eager to find ways to bring nature’s benefits to young children where they live, play and learn. The Children and Nature Network share some valuable resources exploring Early Childhood Nature Connection Pathways through this online Early Childhood Nature Connections Toolkit. The four main pathways that cities can [...]

8thNovember 2022

Outdoor play: benefits, influencing factors and actual behaviour of kids

08.11.22|Categories: Research|Tags: , , , |

Despite the benefits of outdoor play, fewer and fewer children are playing outside. This Child in the City article (3 November 2022) explores how many policy visions and investments are still based on assumptions made by officials or suppliers of play equipment.  When children are involved, they are often asked [...]

4thAugust 2022

Developing nature based skills in young people and connecting children to nature in urban settings

04.08.22|Categories: Resources|Tags: , , , , , , |

Cities Connecting Children to Nature have shared some great resources. These are designed  to support those working to connect urban children to nature and develop outdoor nature based skills in young people.  The strategic toolkit and guidance document are set in the US context, but will be of value to [...]