Wilding Nature Play for Children and Families

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Have you been to the Ian Potter Children’s WILD PLAY Garden at Centennial Parklands?

If so, Centennial Parklands and researchers from Western Sydney University invite you to take part in a 10-minute online survey.

The survey is in two forms: one for children and one for adults. It asks what children and adults like (or don’t like) about the Ian Potter Children's WILD PLAY Garden, what they do when there, and whether they think it could be improved in any way.

We are also interested to know how both children and adults feel about nature play and whether it has impacts for children’s development.

Please email Dr Brenda Dobia or Dr Son Truong should you wish to discuss the research further before deciding whether or not to participate.


Information for parents and children

If you and/or your children have visited the Ian Potter Children’s WILD PLAY Garden please click here to find out more about the study and access the Consent Form and Survey. Please note that parental consent is required for children to participate. Once you have submitted the consent form, you will receive directions to adult and children’s surveys hosted on an external website.


Information for other adults

If you have visited the Ian Potter Children’s WILD PLAY Garden with children other than your own (eg. as an educator or child care worker) please click here to find out more about the study and access the survey.


Information for researchers(opens in a new window)

Rationale

This research will evaluate the extent to which the Ian Potter Children's WILD PLAY Garden is meeting its stated aims, which comprise:

  1. Provide an inclusive outdoor learning environment for all children including culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and disadvantaged children, enabling a ‘whole-of-life approach’ to education.
  2. Break down barriers to nature play, enhancing the chance of each and every child fulfilling his or her own educational potential.
  3. Make a positive contribution to improving child health and wellbeing and skills development
  4. Make a positive contribution to overcoming ‘nature deprivation’ by re-engaging children, through play-based experiences to create increased environmental awareness, empathy and action.
  5. Build and strengthen community provision of a community gathering space where families, friends and people of all physical abilities and from all cultural and linguistic backgrounds can meet, relax and enjoy being immersed in an inclusive and safe natural environment.

A multidimensional design has been developed for this project to enable evaluation of the Ian Potter Children's WILD PLAY Garden aims listed above using evidence gathered from the key stakeholder groups identified which will be analysed in light of current research literature in the field.


Research objectives

In order to provide a comprehensive evaluation of the above stated aims of the Ian Potter Children's WILD PLAY Garden, the researchers will:

  • investigate the ways that children and families from a range of cultural backgrounds engage with the Ian Potter Children's WILD PLAY Garden and the benefits they derive from it
  • examine the involvement of children from special needs and disadvantaged backgrounds with the Ian Potter Children's WILD PLAY Garden and elucidate any particular challenges and benefits for these groups
  • identify the ways specific features of the Ian Potter Children's WILD PLAY Garden site encourage nature play and consider any associated developmental and/or learning outcomes
  • explore whether and how nature play at Ian Potter Children's WILD PLAY Garden may be associated with increased environmental appreciation, awareness and/or action.
To download a full version of the research overview, please click here (opens in a new window)
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