An MA student from DIT is currently doing research on parental attitudes to outdoor play in Ireland. Please take ten minutes to fill it in if you are a parent with children under 6. Or take a minute to share this link with friends or colleagues who fit the criteria. More information here: 

My name is Fiona King. I am currently a student on the MA. in Child, Family and Community Studies programme at Dublin Institute of Technology (D.I.T.). At present I am in the process of completing my dissertation. The focus and title of my dissertation is “Outdoor Learning in the Early Years: Parental attitudes on children’s engagement with the Outdoor Learning Environment during Early Childhood”.

I have chosen to conduct this research project in order to discover the attitudes of parents in relation to the benefits and barriers of Outdoor Learning during Early Childhood. I am very interested to uncover any suggestions parents have to enhance children’s engagement with the Outdoor Learning Environment to allow the children of Ireland to experience holistic learning and development.

I am seeking parents of children aged between 1 and 6 years living in Ireland who are over 18 years of age to participate in this research. As part of the research process for my dissertation research participants will complete a questionnaire regarding their child’s level of engagement with the Outdoor Learning Environment, their own personal beliefs in relation to Outdoor Learning and the factors which they feel impede and/or facilitate children’s engagement with the Outdoor Learning Environment. I would be extremely grateful if you would complete this questionnaire and assist me with my research. The estimated time for completion of this questionnaire is fifteen minutes.

Please note that the ethical clearance for this research project has been approved by Dr. Kevin Lalor, the Head of School.

I would like to inform you that all information and details entered in this questionnaire will be kept anonymous and confidential. This data will be securely stored and will only be viewed by myself and my dissertation supervisor.

It is important to clarify that you, the research participant, are free to choose not to answer any particular question within the questionnaire. Also, if, at any point in the future you wish to withdraw from this study, please know that you are entitled to do so and subsequently your questionnaire will not be used as part of this research project.

Please feel free to contact me directly at any time at In addition, please feel free to contact my dissertation supervisor, Dr. Sinéad Freeman, on 01 4024210.

I wish to extend my gratitude to you for your help and your participation.

Fiona King.

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