In collaboration with the Regina Early Learning Centre and made possible by a grant from the Community Research Unit at the University of Regina, our founder will be conducting a study on how organizations can support play at home. She will be working with the community to explore what barriers and facilitating factors have come up due to physical distancing in our communities. The Regina Early Learning Centre will be using findings from this study to better support their clients, and to improve their services even after the pandemic. We are thrilled about this opportunity to work with the community and co-construct some more playful resources.
We are currently looking for people who may be willing to get involved. The Regina Early Learning Centre specifically supports families with children under 6 years old, but we are curious to explore play at home for all people and families. Involvement would include sharing your stories, complaints, and ideas surrounding play at home during this pandemic. Ideally, we would have an exploratory conversation via Zoom, Google Meet, or over the phone. Please don't feel that you need to have helpful play ideas and solutions to offer; Any complaints and challenges offer wonderful insight and will greatly inform this project and the support that ensues.
This project was founded by a graduate student who does play research. The research is autoethnographic, community-informed action research with elements borrowed from grounded theory. The topic is play*. Specifically, what barriers people face to play, and what factors facilitate play. Although this research is not part of Project Play YQR, it helps inform how the organization might better understand and respond to the needs of the community.
Whitney (founder) spent dozens of hours having conversations about play with individuals and groups. She transcribed and coded each conversation to look for patterns amongst the responses and stories people shared. She's currently still analyzing the data and working on her final write-up. The end result will be a co-constructed thesis and play resource for people in and around Regina with implications for people regardless of place.
*Play = an all-consuming process of enjoyment or recreation where one has no specific product or intention in mind.
Participant Consent Form
Please take a moment to fill out the following survey. Please cut and paste the survey into an email, and send the results to email@example.com. Please know that your email address, name, and personal information will be not be shared or known to anyone other than the principal investigator (Whitney), unless you specifically indicate that you would like your name used throughout the final write-up. By filling out this survey and submitting your response, you give informed consent to have your responses used in this study. You may ignore questions that you feel are irrelevant to your experience or that you would prefer not to answer, If pressed for time, filling out only the questions in bold and sending them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org would be incredibly helpful to this work. Thank you!
How does a typical day with your children go?
What barriers do you face to play?
Do you think that how you played growing up affects how your children play now?
Are there any spaces that you visit often to play, or favourite spaces? Tell me about what
brings your family back to this space.
If you were to think of what, if anything, stops you from going out to public spaces to
play, what comes to mind?Is there anything that might help you overcome this obstacle?
If you were to think of what prevents your kids from playing at home (including in a
backyard, if applicable), what comes to mind?
What would help you overcome this barrier, if anything?
Are there any obstacles to play you feel you have already overcome?
How do you travel to playspaces? What do you bring with you?
Are there any negative experiences that stand out to you about being in a public playspace? What stands out about it? Do you think that/those experiences have affected how often and where you go out with your family now?
What facilitates play for you and your family? What helps you play?
Imagine the perfect scene for you and your children to play. Tell me about it--where
are you? Who is there? What is everyone doing? What stands out?
Could you create this scene in real life? Why or why not?
Do you feel satisfied with the amount of time you dedicate to your own play and recreation - your hobbies, interests, and activities, outside of your family/ work/ home obligations?
Do you have anything else to add about what barriers and facilitating factors you have to play?
Regina and these playspaces are situated on Treaty 4 territory, the original lands of the Cree, Ojibwe, Saulteaux, Dakota, Nakota, Lakota, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.