Inspiring Play Spaces


Creating open-ended play spaces in early childhood settings

Susie Rosback, Natalie Coulson

Inspiring Play Spaces is aimed at educators who want to create enriching, open-ended play experiences for children. It shows educators many ways to set up play spaces to foster children’s engagement and learning opportunities including:

  • Engagement: Create play spaces that invite children to investigate, explore, and discover. Foster an environment where they can practice skills, experience failure and success, observe, imagine, dream, and pretend. And in working alongside their peers, children learn to share, listen and communicate.
  • Holistic Development: Understand how these dynamic play areas help children develop a sense of identity and a deeper understanding of the world around them.
  • Practical Implementation: Explore a variety of ways to set up and execute different play spaces. We provide practical examples and ideas to inspire your own unique setups.
  • Educational Alignment: Discover how these play experiences help you meet the requirements of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the National Quality Standard (NQS) in responding to children’s interests and understanding the profound benefits of play.

Orders are normally dispatched within 3 to 5 business days. Goods are shipped by Australia Post or by local courier, depending upon the location, with a delivery expectation of 3 to 10 business days. We will email dispatch confirmation and tracking details.

International Orders
We are happy to supply orders from outside Australia and New Zealand. Orders will be dispatched by International Air which has delivery expectations of 3-21 business days depending upon your location.

We offer a 14-day inspection with freepost return on all printed products.
Please be aware that we cannot offer an approval period or accept returns on digital resources, so orders for these resources are final.

Susie Rosback

Susie is the owner operator of Holy Trinity Early Learning Centre in Kew, Victoria. She has completed a Master of Education, Diploma of Teaching Early Childhood and a Bachelor of Education Early Childhood and earned the “exemplary” teacher classification with VETASSESS. She has also won the NEiTA ASG Inspirational Teachers State and Territory Award and been nominated for the national award. Susie taught kindergarten for 20 years, lectured at Deakin University, presented at conferences and co-authored five books. Through her consulting business, she has supported the wider community in achieving exceeding in the NQS.

Susie specialises in art and children’s artistic development. As owner operator of her own service, Susie is now enjoying the executive role of early learning and supporting her team to create an early learning service with a difference in Melbourne.

Natalie Coulson

Natalie has been an early childhood educator for more many years. After completing her Certificate III in children’s services, she travelled to the UK where she worked in a kindergarten and ran an English as a Second Language course for the pre-prep groups. On her return, she began working at St Paul’s Kindergarten while also studying her Diploma in Early Childhood. Her passion for leading programs that focus on sensory activities and creating imaginary play spaces meant that she jumped at the opportunity to coauthor her first book ‘Inspiring Play Spaces’.

Additional Information
Weight 0.277 kg
Dimensions 297 × 210 × 6 cm