Spaces to Play, Places to Meet: Welcoming Young Children in Regional Western Australian Towns

Refereed Journal Article

Project:

South West Early Childhood Project

Authors:

Dr Stefania Giamminuti, Jane Merewether, Professor Marian Tye, Dr Amma Buckley, Sonia Kuzich

Published:

2016

Published In:

Children Youth and Environments

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Drawing on qualitative data from a study of three towns in the South-West of Western Australia, this article emphasizes participants’ yearning for spaces to play and places to meet by detailing the towns’ narratives of welcome and longing and framing themes of playfulness and hospitality. The authors argue that towns that see themselves as places of courtesy, curiosity and imagination are well-positioned to construct a vernacular of playfulness and hospitality for their citizens, activating quality of life for people of all ages. The article supports early childhood settings as public common spaces, places of welcome, encounter and hospitality.

How to cite:

Giamminuti S., J. Merewether, M. Tye, A. Buckley, and S. Kuzich. 2016. “Spaces to Play, Places to Meet: Welcoming Young Children in Regional Western Australian Towns.” Children Youth and Environments, 26 (2): 9-27.