7 C’s – an informational guide to young children’s outdoor play spaces
The author is a landscape architect, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
Seven Cs is an informational guide for early childhood educators, designers, administrators, and parents.
1 The goal of Seven Cs is to help people design outdoor play spaces that support the development of young children and integrate the unique qualities of playing outdoors. The guide should be used in concert with existing codes, safety regulations, and design guidelines. Seven Cs is based on findings identified from a five-year multidisciplinary study of outdoor play spaces at child care centres in Vancouver.
2 This study was funded through the Consortium for Health, Intervention, Learning, and Development (CHILD). It has involved academic researchers, early childhood educators, governmental agencies, and professionals.