Inclusion of Outdoor Play in the Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development

Posted by Joel Barnes on May 24, 2019

Guest post by Katie MacAskill

Outdoor play is increasingly recognized as a foundation for children’s healthy social, cognitive, emotional and physical development. As such, outdoor play has now been added to the Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development, where experts weigh in on 9 outdoor play related topics from play-based learning to designing cities to support outdoor play.

The chapter recognizes the collective role of parents, educators, policy-makers and communities in supporting outdoor play, and makes recommendations to each group. For example, parents are guided to find a balance between scheduled activities, screen time and free time for their children. Additionally, policy makers are urged to make changes on account of the amount of time children spend in childcare centers.

For full details and recommendations, visit their website.