Playing in nature improves children’s learning, social and emotional skills.
Children need to play and discover the world for themselves without too much restriction. Here are some ways we can enhance children's opportunities to do this.
Parks are places where children make their own decisions, explore their imaginations and expand their abilities.
Parents are more willing to let children do their own thing in parks. It's a chance for children to make their own decisions, explore their abilities and imaginations, and weigh up risks.
It can be hard to tell whether what’s in the box will encourage development or just be a waste of time.
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There's a spectrum of quality when it comes to what kids can do with screen time. An expert in early childhood technology suggests picking tech activities that promote problem-solving and fun.
Safety standards for children’s products aren’t intended to completely prevent injury.
Only a minority of products in Australia actually have mandatory standards applied to them. There is a misconception that product standards can prevent all injuries.
Swings can be educational tools.
The way science is currently taught in southern African countries ignores the fact that the whole environment is a laboratory for learning.
Two young boys in helmets, playing soldiers with toy guns (1908-1928).
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Australian children were once free to play on the streets, but today the urban space is less friendly to children and their imaginations.
The Supreme Court’s decision in the Trinity Lutheran case is blurring the lines between church and state.
The Trinity Lutheran case signals the Supreme Court's willingness to interpret separation of church and state as religious discrimination. What will this mean for the future of vouchers and school choice?
Older people in a park in Nanchang, China.
You don't often see many of the nation's 75 million seniors hanging out in parks. There may be a reason. Most parks are not designed with seniors in mind. Here are some ways to change that.