Play References

Children in Nature NSW

Children in Nature NSW began as a partnership between Network of Community Activities and Centennial Parklands during their pilot nature play pilot program “OOSH in the Bush”. The program, funded by the NSW Environmental Trust, was delivered in 2014/2015 to over 260 children and 60 educators. The resources and the films from this program can be found on this website under “Getting Dirty”.

We know that there are many other organisations in NSW who are currently embedding nature play and nature experience into their practice, programs and ethos. We are hoping that this website will be the launch-pad for a wider community of organisations who believe in the importance of getting kids out into nature and wish to share their stories.

If you are interested in joining this alliance of organisations, please contact either the Network of Community Activities or Centennial Parklands for more information.


The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child ( UNCRC) was developed in 1989 and is the first legally binding international instrument to incorporate the full range of human rights for children — civil, cultural, economic, political and social.

UN General Comments are official documents of the United Nations. They are the UN’s interpretation of the content of human rights treaties. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child publishes General Comments in relation to the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

You can view the General Comments here >>

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The Benefits of Risk in Children’s Play

Risk teaches children how to fail and try again, test their limits and boundaries, become resilient and acquire coping skills. It’s an important part of play, yet children are allowed fewer and fewer opportunities to experience risk. These leaders in the movement to restore children’s play speak out on the subject.

With Tim Gill, former director of Play England and author of No Fear: Growing Up in a Risk-Averse Society; Darell Hammond, Founder and CEO of KaBOOM!; Dr. Elizabeth Lange, pediatrician; and Janice O’Donnell, Director of the Providence Children’s Museum.

Produced by the Alliance for Childhood and KaBOOM!

Video – Prescription for Play

Dr. Ken Ginsburg, pediatrician at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and author of Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings, and Dr. Marilyn Benoit, Chief Clinical Officer at Devereux Behavioral Health and former president of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, address critical issues facing children and families today — rising levels of stress and anxiety, obesity-related health problems, dramatically reduced time for free play and play outdoors, hectic and overscheduled family life – and offer solutions to addressing these problems.

Produced in collaboration with the Alliance for Childhood and KaBOOM!. and

PLACES for PLAY – Online Play Spaces Exhibition

PLAYLINK and the Free Play Network have created this exhibition to illustrate some of the many imaginative ways of creating play environments.

The photos are intended to inspire a more imaginative approach to the creation of play spaces and public space, based on the needs and wishes of children.

They are not intended as models for wholesale replication: each play space should be an individual response to its own locality, but based on sound play principles.