The purpose of this assessment task is to:Work as a group and demonstrate respect for diverse perspectives and skillsPlan and initiate new ideas and make decisions regarding the design of...

The purpose of this assessment task is to:

  • Work as a group and demonstrate respect for diverse perspectives and skills

  • Plan and initiate new ideas and make decisions regarding the design of environments responsive to young children, independently and in collaboration with others

The unit learning outcomes assessed are:

  • LO1: Articulate the value of


    and children’s agency in play

  • LO3: Examine how personal, social, cultural perspectives inform individual and collective understandings of children’s health, wellbeing and risk.


As a group, you will critically analyse beliefs and knowledge about children and early childhood practice, and creatively reimagine play in an Australian early childhood context.

This will be in the form of a research project where you will engage with readings, online resources and Generative Artificial Intelligence (GenAI) programs to design an outdoor playspace.

Draw on previous units of study, ECE6010 content, Playwork Placement experience and peer-conversations to enhance your understanding of outdoor environments for play and learning.

Your group will make one submission which will include: one AI Generated image of the environment

design, justification and discussion of features, a statement to families and colleagues, and a draft/working document with a reference list.


'1500 word equivalent' is the amount of

reading, thinking and discussionthe task represents i.e. it is as muchworkas a 1500-word essay per person. It is not a 1500 word essay.

That is why the word 'equivalent' is there.

There may not be 1500 words of writing in your presentation. GenAI will do much of the writing in this task. You should be focussed on the application of theory.


1. Group Formation:

- Your lecturer will coordinate groups of 3 students.

- Each group will collaborate on designing a unique outdoor play-space.

- Students are not permitted to complete this task alone.

2. Understanding Theory:

- Review relevant theories in early childhood education related to child development, outdoor play, risk-taking, and learning through movement.
- Discuss how these theories, along with concepts from the course, can inform the design of your play-space.

3. Gen AI Design:

- Use GenAI to design your outdoor play-space, keeping a log of the prompts, programs and unsuccessful outputs.

- Consider how the play-space can be responsive to children's complex movement and promote risky play in a safe environment.

- Reflect critically, and adjust your prompts until you get an output that fits your understanding of theory. Explore various features and options available on Gen AI to create an engaging and innovative design.

4. Collaboration:

- Work collaboratively within your group to allocate tasks, share ideas, and ensure everyone contributes to the design process.

- Effective communication and cooperation are essential for the success of your project.

5. Reflection:

- Reflect on your design process and the effectiveness of your play-space in promoting children's development.

- Consider any challenges faced during the design process and how you addressed them.

- Discuss lessons learned and areas for improvement in future projects.

6. Compile Your Work:

- Prepare a poster, slide-set or short video to showcase your outdoor play-space design.

- Highlight the key features, rationale behind your design choices, and how it aligns with theoretical principles from this unit.

- Produce a statement to families and colleagues on the value of risky play and the benefits of children playing in the environment designed by your group.

-You must include in-text citations and a reference list using APA-7 referencing.Library Guide for referencing GenAI inopens in new window

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7. Submit:

- One (1) Artificial Intelligence Generated image of an outdoor playspace.

- Document which explains your image, including GenAI prompts used.

- Statement to families and colleagues on the value of risky play and the benefits of children playing in the designed environment.

- Screenshots/printouts of unsuccessful GenAI attempts.

- Reference list.

Jun 02, 2024

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