Jacob Ballas Children's Garden, Singapore Botanic Gardens Photo: Llewellyn Wishart Developing nature-rich outdoor environments for young children takes conviction, creativity, planning, negotiation, design sense and skills in early childhood pedagogy. Early childhood educators here in Australia are being offered more and more professional development in this area with flow-on benefits for children, families and even... Continue Reading →
Embodied Parenting – Perspectives on non-verbal communication & power of movement-dance
Dance-movement therapist Dr Suzie Tortora's research into embodied parenting and infant-parent communication has much to offer about the power of movement as a form of subtle embodied communication in infancy, early childhood and across the lifespan. Dr Tortora's research challenges assumptions about the nature of communicative development as largely a question of the acquisition of... Continue Reading →
What do young children need more of outdoors?
Our recently published research sheds light on what young children might need more of in their outdoor learning environments. How do we stimulate well rounded play, physical activity, motor development and simply the joy of being outdoors? In a word think "diversity". Built and natural design elements with variable surfaces, inclines, levels and terrain make... Continue Reading →