Madeline Avci

Director, Jump Up For Kids

Madeline Avci is the Director of Jump Up For Kids and is a huge advocate of children balancing their time in front of screens with time playing outside where they ignite all of their senses. At work and through her own children, she sees the joy in children’s eyes as they rise up to meet the challenges that nature provides.

Jump Up For Kids brings together  over twenty years of Madeline’s experience in Occupational Therapy, teaching and parenting, to offer children and their families a ‘just right’ experience in a world that often feels hurried and stressed. Jump Up For Kids supports children and families to develop independence and resilience in their daily lives by  providing:

  • Occupational Therapy services

  • Outdoor Play programs

  • Professional Development programs

  • Parent Information programs.

Childhood Summit 2019 Childhood In Practice - Health -

“No play before school” & other rules that are harming our children - the modern construct of childhood and its impact on development

Day 1 Afternoon - Thought Leader Forum - Health

Day 2 & Day 3 Afternoon - Childhood In Practice - Workshop - Health - “No play before school” & other rules that are harming our children - the modern construct of childhood and its impact on development

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Childhood In Practice

“No play before school” & other rules that are harming our children - the modern construct of childhood and its impact on development

In West African tribes, girls around four years of age are expected to care for younger siblings as well as collect water and firewood. By the age of six, these girls are pounding grain, producing milk and butter and selling these alongside their mothers in the market. Yet in the modern developed world, in a time of unparalleled affluence and high quality education, there is a tendency to view children as incompetent and dependant. We bombard our children with rules indicating their lack of competence...don’t run on concrete, don’t play with sticks, etc. Yet our efforts to create a safe and happy childhood in modern Australia aren’t producing great outcomes. Results in reading, mathematics and science have been declining for over a decade. One in seven children & adolescents (4-17years) experience a mental health condition. The number of deaths by suicide in young Australians is the highest it has been in 10 years and has become the biggest killer in young Australians.

Join me to consider the social construct of children in modern Australia, how it influences childhood experiences, whether this is beneficial to healthy development and how we can do things differently.

Our workshop will consider:

  • What are we aiming for when childhood ‘finishes’?

  • How do we view childhood in our modern developed world?

  • What is typical childhood development? 

  • Does play have a role in the modern world and what should it look like?

  • A new positive construct of childhood & how do we ‘sell it’.

 

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