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Play Spaces and Environments for Children’s Physical Activity (PLAYCE Study) PLAYCE is a Healthway funded research study conducted by the School of Population Health at the University of Western Australia and the Centre for the Built Environment and Health. This research will determine which features of the physical environment in childcare centres promote or discourage physical activity in pre-school aged children.


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Physical activity, such as active play, has many health benefits for young children including developing healthier bones, maintaining a healthy weight, and improving cognitive and social development.

Childcare is an important place for physical activity promotion as many young Australian children aged 3-6 years attend a childcare centre. In WA, more than nine out of ten children attending childcare spend 10-14 hours a week there. Past research has shown that the childcare centre attended can affect how much physical activity pre-schoolers do. 

The PLAYCE study will measure how much physical activity preschool children aged 2-5 years do while attending childcare and at home. PLAYCE will assess the environmental influences on children's physical activity, such as availability of outdoor running space and play equipment.

PLAYCE is the first large scale study of its kind to be done in WA. The research team is working with the Western Australian early education and care sector to ensure the findings inform best practice recommendations to promote physical activity, health and development in childcare settins in line with the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care.

To represent a range of difference childcare centres in WA and maximise the quality of the research we would like as many childcare centres as possible to be involved.

To find out more about the study, please contact the project coordinator:

PLAYCE Project Coordinator Clover Maitland


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