June 28, 2018

Why supporting grandparents is so critical to the future of play in our communities (Play Today 2)

Last year I worked with Grandparents Victoria as they prepared to undertake their annual survey around  grandparents perceptions and thoughts […]
April 12, 2018

Why does time and space for children’s ‘agency’ matter and how can play help? (Play Today 1)

“As newborns we enter the world completely dependent on others – for food, warmth, shelter and survival. Throughout our lives […]
February 12, 2018

Aren’t we all in this together?

The trouble with risk and children’s play is that it creates this aura of paternalism amongst those members of our […]
September 30, 2017

More Australian male advocates for play needed

Recently attending the International Play Association World Conference in Calgary, Canada I couldn’t help but notice firstly how small the […]
March 14, 2017

The Rise of High-Rise Schools in Australia

Ever seen the movie the Fifth Element? Vision of a futuristic multi-levelled world where cars no longer drive with four […]
November 9, 2016

Programming play environments…..is it always necessary?

I started to do some research this morning in searching for another unusual place to play for my blog series, […]
October 5, 2016

What’s wrong with going outdoors?

I have recently been asked to tender on an early childhood project that includes both outdoor and indoor play spaces. By indoor […]
September 2, 2016

Playable environments and nature play

Many designers, companies, organisations and educators will tell you that ‘nature play’ is the prime opportunity for children to re-connect […]
August 22, 2016

How play can teach children assertiveness and protect against bullying

I came across an article published by the American Journal of Play in 2011 which was an interview with Hara […]
July 17, 2016

Empathy and its influence on Duty of Care

In the past week the NSW government has shut down the Greyhound Racing industry in light of widespread overbreeding, injury, […]