Saturday, 5 August 2017

Six winning "Playsages" for the 2017 International Garden Festival in Reford Gardens

Six winning "Playsages" for the 2017 International Garden Festival in Reford Gardens

The full research paper can be read through the hyperlink above

Quebec is still in the middle of winter, but the iconic Reford Gardens ..are already looking forward to warmer days ahead for the 2017 International Garden Festival this summer. In response to the all-too-familiar “nature-deficit disorder” in society these days, participants in this year's competition had to create inventive “Playsages” that would inspire, if not remind, today's tech-savvy kids to spend more time outdoors.

Outdoors and Active: Delivering public health outcomes by increasing children’s active travel and outdoor play. University of Bristol, UK

Microsoft Word - Briefing A4 booklet_print services.docx

The full research paper can be read through the hyperlink above

"This simple, low cost resident led intervention has immediate and long term benefits for children and the wider community. With widespread uptake, there is potential to   change the culture towards outdoor neighbourhood play being a normal part of  everyday life across the UK."

A study of kids’ screen time explains the vicious cycle that makes parents unable to say no — Quartz

A study of kids’ screen time explains the vicious cycle that makes parents unable to say no — Quartz

The full article can be read through the hyperlink above













“It’s like giving a kid a little bit of cocaine and telling them to be careful,” she says. In the survey, parents reported their kids spending nearly 19 hours a week in front of screens, more than two-and-a-half times the recommended dosage of media time—and Bernstein assumes that parents wildly underestimate their kids screen time.

“Kids should be involved in imaginative play but tech is the best babysitter in the world,” she says. One major benefit of the tech used for screen time: it’s a sunk cost. In other words, once you buy the device, and the necessary subscriptions, you don’t have to pay an ongoing rate. That’s much cheaper than hiring a human babysitter. But once kids are addicted, many parents feel it’s hard to get them un-addicted.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Free resource material - Natural play, playspaces and gardening with children - Part 2

 All materials are free to download and where it is a copy of someone else's creation I have given appropriate attribution





Playground Maintenance for Playspaces




A comprehensive guide to the inspection and maintenance of playgrounds, playspaces and playscapes. The guide includes an all-inclusive inspection checklist as well as reporting proforma for incidents/accidents and any other events that may compromise the safety of your environment. Contemporary research addresses common misconceptions and misinformation about safety practices and procedures, giving you greater choice and peace of mind.






Irrigation System Maintenance Checklist


To be used in conjunction with Garden Maintenance for Playspaces












To be used in conjunction with Garden Maintenance for Playspaces











To be used in conjunction with Garden Maintenance for Playspaces






Poster - Pan Canadian, Early Development Imperative, Sheila Grieve, 2009











This book is being put in the public domain in the memory of Jimmy Jolley. Jimmy worked ceaselessly all his life for children – specially the poor. His life will always be an inspiration to us.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Free resource material - Natural play, playspaces and gardening with children


I was reviewing some of the natural play resources that I have on my blog page and have mean't to do a post sharing the links for a while. All materials are free to download and where it is a copy of someone else's creation I have given appropriate attribution. With the Powerpoint presentations I only ask you do likewise if utilizing them in a group teaching or training sessions. I will post one a  day when I have the time.

Ebooks

A Comprehensive Guide to Growing Vegetables.


This guide provides specific information for educators and parents who want to introduce the concepts of the growth and care of edible vegetables to children. The book specifically addresses vegetation growth, taste, smell and texture, universal access, children's tools and participation, climatic planting zones, positioning plants within your playspace/garden, a global perspective on different types of gardens, specific information about the construction of the garden, propagation methods, preparation for planting, appropriate vegetables to plant, organic methods to feed and protect your vegetables, harvesting, preserving and information about plant and seed suppliers worldwide.


Resources to be used in conjunction with - A comprehensive guide to growing vegetables.


Plant Labels - Coloured

The labels can be printed A4 page or 4 per page (see your printer setup) and are used in conjunction with Plant adoption certificates to encouraged children in naturalistic childcare environments to bond and care for plants. Obviously labels may need to be laminated or otherwise waterproofed when placed outside. Uncoloured labels can be coloured and cut by the children before laminating/ waterproofing





Plant Certificates


Plant adoption Certificate I - used to encouraged children in naturalistic childcare environments to bond and care for plants.








Plant adoption Certificate II  - used to encouraged children in naturalistic childcare environments to bond and care for plants.

Plant adoption Certificate III - used to encouraged children in naturalistic childcare environments to bond and care for plants.











Plant adoption Certificate IV - used to encouraged children in naturalistic childcare environments to bond and care for plants.










Additional material



Leaf identification chart









Different Mulches









Optimal Soil Ph for Vegetables











Companion Plantings















Saturday, 1 July 2017

Salzburg Global Seminar - Topics

Salzburg Global Seminar - Topics

The full article can be read through the hyperlink above

During a five-day program held in March, 52 experts in urban planning, childhood development, conservation, environmental policy, and health considered how green spaces could better meet the needs, and be accessible for, children.
The Salzburg Statement on The Child in the City: Health, Parks and Play recommends several policies, practices and investments. It also contains eight actions which can transform cities for children.

These eight actions are:

  1. Ensure children of all ages, backgrounds, income, and abilities have equitable access to nature and play regularly and in meaningful ways to promote good health and wellbeing. 
  2. Embed nature in everyday places used by children, such as schools, backyards, parks, playgrounds and city streets, to make the city into a natural outdoor classroom. 
  3. Involve children in designing and planning natural spaces for recreation, education, inspiration and health, to give them ownership and pride in their local communities, schools and parks 
  4. Build curiosity, wonder, and care for nature in children (for example by greening school grounds and involving children with community gardens). 
  5. Protect natural features across cityscapes and create an equitably distributed network of accessible green and nature-rich spaces that all generations can reach on foot. 
  6. Connect cities with the broader ecosystems in which they are embedded, creating corridors for people, plants and animals to move safely across the city and into its surroundings. 
  7. Establish more urban conservation areas to increase access to nature and connect cities to the broader protected area network 
  8. Work together through cross sectoral and multi-level partnerships to build an inclusive culture of health in cities.