Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Students in this subject will investigate the notion that unstructured play outdoors (nature play) is fundamental to a healthy childhood in that it provides benefits for health, cognitive, social and emotional development and helps to build resilience and creativity. Students will also address the proposition that experience in nature as a child may lead to environmental sensitivity and responsibility later in life. Students will design effective outdoor settings for children's nature play and manage aspects of safety while maximising exploration and free play. Students will identify and document the learning that emerges from outdoor and nature play.

FacultyFaculty of Education

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorLeanne Grogan

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

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Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsThe outdoor playspace naturally for children Birth to five years.PrescribedElliot, S. (Ed.)(2013)PADEMELON PRESS, N.S.W.
ReadingsOutdoor learning in the Early Years: Management and innovationRecommendedBilton, H. (2010)3RD ED. NEW YORK: ROUTLEDGE

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Online, 2014, Week 48-08, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorLeanne Grogan

Class requirements

Scheduled Online Class
Three 1.0 hours scheduled online class per week and delivered via online.
"Plus online learning activities"


Assessment elementComments%
Critical Reflection30
Design and evaluation of an outdoor play setting40
Literature review30