University College Cork in partnership with the Cork City Play Forum are pleased invite you to:



Date: 25th September 2019

Time: 2pm – 5pm

Venue: Millennium Hall Cork City Council


  • Introducing play in schools: An overview of children’s experiences of play in school playgrounds in 3 school settings in Cork: Projects led by Dr Helen Lynch, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, UCC, and colleagues.
  • Sydney Playground Project – Dr Anita Bundy will present on The Sydney Playground Project which is a multidisciplinary research project, based upon play and the many benefits associated with outdoor, non-structured play.


Anita will discuss the findings of the Sydney Playground Project 1 and 2:  The idea and the logistics

Project 1 – was a whole school intervention in a mainstream school; the children were primarily typically-developing

 Project 2 – was in schools or programmes for children with autism and intellectual disability


This event is FREE OF CHARGE. Spaces are limited.  To book please click here


Keynote Speaker:

The seminar will be delivered by Professor Anita Bundy, Professor and Department Head, Sc.D., OT/L, FAOTA, FOTARA, Colorado State University. Dr. Anita Bundy rejoined the occupational therapy faculty at Colorado State University in January 2016 after spending 13 years at the University of Sydney in Australia. Much of Dr. Bundy’s research focuses on children’s play and “risk reframing.” While at the University of Sydney she became involved in boosting kids’ activity levels and social negotiation skills through play. Her research team made playground equipment from recycled materials such as hay bales, old tires, milk crates and Styrofoam coolers filled with sand and observed how the objects affected children’s physical activity and social interaction. The Sydney Playground Project is now an integral part of some Sydney schools.