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Australian Teachers & Parents Worry About Decline in Play-Based Learning

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Parents and early childhood educators have voiced their concerns about what they see as the decline of play-based learning in schools. They blame NAPLAN testing and the pressure to succeed for making modern-day school unnecessarily stressful for young children.

Dr Sandra Hesterman, a senior lecturer in early childhood education at Perth's Murdoch University, said more was expected of children in kindergarten and pre-primary school than ever before. "Pre-primary has become like Year 1 would have been 20 years ago," Dr Hesterman told ABC Radio Perth. "For example, expectation in learning phonics; the phonics that children in Year 2 would have learned 25 years ago are now introduced into kindergarten and pre-primary." She said pressures to meet literacy and numeracy objectives meant the time spent doing free play and play-based learning was restricted in many schools.

"Free play is the cornerstone of early childhood education," she said. "The word 'play' has become problematic. “That is the feedback that comes from teachers, early childhood teachers in particular, and definitely from the leading WA early childhood advocacy groups."

She said the parents and teachers she spoke with would like to see play-based learning mandated across the state. “We want universal access to quality play-based learning for every child in Western Australia," she said. "People don't think that it is satisfactory that it's an ad-hoc implementation across the state."

Brisbane-based outdoor play specialist My Cubby is also pushing a similar message. The company is on a mission to get children outdoors. Their range of kids cubby houses allow children to take a break from technology and get them outdoors with fun-filled healthy play activities. The company believes outdoor play in the early years of life has a profound and lasting influence on a child’s health, wellbeing, and long-term development.

One of the best things about My Cubby’s activities is that parents can be in the know about what their kids are doing unlike many online games and activities. These outdoor activities inspire them to use their imagination and develop their creativity in new ways. Moreover, the cubbies are designed in a way that makes them perfect for the Australian climate.

My Cubby has made and installed over 1,000 cubby houses around Australia. My Cubby takes pride in the fact that not just these families that installed the cubby houses but also the children of their neighbours, relatives and friends have been positively impacted. Besides this they are also happy that they have introduced a lot of children of this generation to the joy of spending time outdoors and using their imagination in adventurous ways.

Their range of wooden cubbies will help fill plays needs of all children. These include Duplex, Forts, Triplex, Classic Cubby Houses, Adventurer and Childcare Cubbies among others. My Cubby can customise the playhouse according to the space available in the backyard and the child’s physical needs and abilities, like making it wheelchair accessible.

My Cubby delivers nationwide. They have freight options depending on the delivery location in Australia.

For more information about cubby houses, diy cubby house, cubby house decorating ideas, how to make a cubby house and more, call 1800 121513 or email

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