Unstructured play improves learning and social and physical development. Providing a variety of play options, improved play access and fewer restrictions can encourage children to engage in physical activity with peers in line with their imaginations. Full blog
Research shows that healthier and happier children do better in school, and that education is an important determinant of future health. Full blog
Children who regularly walk or cycle to school are less likely to be overweight or obese than those who travel by car or public transport, a new study suggests. Full blog
If allowed to help, toddlers become great work partners later in childhood. Full article
After decades on the margins, child-friendly urban planning and design is emerging into the mainstream. What does this mean for children, for cities, and crucially for the decision-makers and professionals who will shape the futures of both? Full blog
Did you know that the brain of an infant contains essentially all the brain cells that they will ever need for learning throughout their lifespan? Add this to the knowledge that a newborn baby’s brain is about a third the size of an adult brain, but has all the mechanics it needs to develop speech, language, balance, coordination, executive functioning and sensory input. Full blog
Many Baby Boomers grew up spending hours on end playing outside with other kids in the neighbourhood and if a new study is anything to go by, this kind of upbringing can have a significant benefit on mental health when people grow older. Full blog
There is an old adage, that children are the best teachers. And for health professional students on their way to becoming doctors, nurses and allied health professionals, making children feel comfortable and cared for is an important skill to learn.
Good communication skills in health practitioners have been shown to be associated with benefits for patients including improved quality of life and symptom improvement, increased adherence to treatment plans and better management of chronic conditions. Full blog
Play has an invaluable role in encouraging child development. But play isn’t just one thing. It’s an invitation to explore, learn and grow. Play opens up a world of possibilities.
Play—on a playground, in a soccer game or at an art studio—teaches kids how to not only exist together but to accept people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. In other words, play helps shape kids into thinkers, dreamers, and leader. Full blog
Play has an invaluable role in encouraging child development. But play isn’t just one thing. It’s an invitation to explore, learn and grow. Play opens up a world of possibilities. Full blog