This project uses a pedagogical communication strategy to help early childhood educators design and implement play-based learning experiences for young children that integrate content knowledge about sustainability, health and wellbeing and digital media consumption. The project is conducted as randomised trial to evaluate the efficacy of play-based learning experiences designed and implemented by educators on young children’s knowledge about sustainability practices, healthy eating and exercise practices and their engagement with digital media.


  • Australian Research Council, Discovery Project, $232,000



Research Investigators


Skouteris, H., Do, M., Rutherford, L., Cutter-Mackenzie, A., & Edwards, S. (2010). Call for research–the consuming child-in-context in unhealthy and unsustainable times. Australian journal of environmental education, 26, 33-45

Edwards, S., Skouteris, H., Rutherford, L., & Cutter-Mackenzie, A. (2013). ‘It’s all about Ben10™’: children’s play, health and sustainability decisions in the early years. Early Child Development and Care, 183(2), 280-293.

Skouteris, H., Cox, R., Huang, T., Rutherford, L., Edwards, S., & Cutter-Mackenzie, A. (2014). Promoting obesity prevention together with environmental sustainability. Health promotion international, 29(3), 454-462.

Skouteris, H., Edwards, S., Rutherford, L., Cutter-MacKenzie, A., Huang, T., & O’Connor, A. (2014). Promoting healthy eating, active play and sustainability consciousness in early childhood curricula, addressing the Ben10™ problem: a randomised control trial. BMC public health, 14(1), 548. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-14-548.

Edwards, S., Skouteris, H., Cutter-Mackenzie, A., Rutherford, L., O’Conner, M., Mantilla, A., Morris, H., & Elliot, S. (2016). Young children learning about well-being and environmental education in the early years: a funds of knowledge approach. Early Years, 36(1), 33-50. doi: 10.1080/09575146.2015.1064099

Morris, H., Skouteris, H., Edwards, S., Rutherford, L. M., Cutter-Mackenzie, A., O’Connor, A., Mantilla, A., Huang, T.TK., Lording, K.M., & Williams-Smith, J. (2016). Feasibility of conducting a randomized trial to promote healthy eating, active play and sustainability awareness in early childhood curricula. Early Child Development and Care, 186(11), 1752-1764. doi: 10.1080/03004430.2015.113115.

Skouteris, H., Edwards, S., Morris, H., Cox, R., Baur, L., Wolfenden, L., & Huang, T. T. (2017). Early childhood education and health working in partnership: the critical role early childhood educators can play in childhood obesity prevention. Early Child Development and Care, 1-5.


November 18, 2016

LSIA Research Team

Professor Susan Edwards

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