edu3onp outdoor and nature play




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Students in this subject 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 also address the proposition that experience in nature as a child may lead to environmental sensitivity and responsibility later in life. Students design effective outdoor settings for children's nature play and manage aspects of safety while maximising exploration and free play. Students identify and document the learning that emerges from outdoor and nature play.

SchoolSchool of Education

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorLeanne Grogan

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



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

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Design an effective outdoor setting for children's nature play

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02. Manage aspects of safety while maximizing exploration and free play

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03. Identify and document learning emerging from outdoor and nature play

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Online, 2015, 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%ILO*
Critical Reflection3003
Design and evaluation of an outdoor play setting4001, 02, 03
Literature review3003