Making homework child's play

Portfolio: Sport and Recreation

  • Nature Play WA Active School Diary announced for 2013 school year
  • Encourages children to make outside play a part of every day

Active outdoor play after school should be part of every Western Australian child’s homework and this will be highlighted in a new Active School Diary announced today for the 2013 school year.

Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron welcomed the release of the diary developed by Nature Play WA and said it would encourage students to not only get organised for the week but also ensured they scheduled some time to play outdoors.

“Each day in the diary includes a line saying ‘go outside and play for 30 minutes’ - a sentiment I strongly support,” Mr Waldron said.

“This may sound like basic common sense but research shows this generation of children is not getting outside and playing.

“This is having all sorts of effects on our children’s health, wellbeing and learning. The fact the diaries have been enthusiastically embraced by the West Australian Primary Principals Association, irrespective of public, private or religious denomination, is fantastic.”

Nature Play WA chief executive officer Griffin Longley said research showed unstructured outdoor play promoted children’s healthy physical, cognitive and emotional development and contributed to their resilience, problem solving skills and capacity to learn.

“It is great to see our primary school principals recognising the link between active play and learning and getting behind this initiative, which has the potential to change how we think about homework in WA,” Mr Longley said.