In the city of Wuhan, improper planning policies and design concepts of residential areas have broken and even destroyed children’s outdoor play spaces, a recent research paper reveals. This has caused some physical and psychological problems for children living in high-density buildings. A recent paper explores children’s experience of outdoor play in Wuhan, a dense and highly urbanized city in...Read more
|Comment|author: Julia Zvobgo
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Prescription for developing a child’s mind

How quality teacher interaction with children pays off in their future education and development. We know that quality early childhood education is critical, but what is actually happening in kindergartens, childcare and homes across Australia? The research Over...Read more
|Comment|author: Jo Chandler
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Inactive kids at risk of falls and fractures in old age

Sedentary children are more likely to suffer musculoskeletal disorders like osteoporosis in later life making them more prone to debilitating falls and fractures in old age. Brittle bones, fractures and loss of muscle mass and strength...Read more
|Comment|author: Dr Sharon Brennan-Olsen, Associate ProfessorChristine Rodda and Dr Rachel Duckham

Pixelating our playgrounds

As parents, consumers, and citizens, how should we respond to the rise of digital technology in our parks? Children’s playgrounds are becoming increasingly digitised through the ubiquity of mobile devices and interactive games. Anyone with a...Read more
|Comment|author: Linda McSweeny

Are these the most child friendly public spaces?

Canadian Urbanist, Jillian Clover of This City Life invited her readers to share their favourite child friendly public spaces. She shares some of the results here. Every weekday, I pass through Vancouver’s main public space, Robson Square,...Read more
|Comment|author: Jillian Glover

10 features of the playful city

In this final part of his article on the importance of government policy for children’s play, Adrian Voce sets out ten changes that could be achieved by the cross-departmental, multi-level approach, embodied by the short-lived...Read more
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce