Play allows children to gain the life skills, competencies and values necessary for a happy and productive adult life. Children most commonly learn these life skills in the 'playground'.
Our thinking about play should be broadened from confined areas that contain only modular, fixed equipment, to areas that are diverse, flexible and interactive learning environments.
'When children really enjoy a well-designed playspace, they want to return there again and again. The playspace has a special meaning to them and offers special memories to share'.
Australia’s new standard for playground equipment is based on the European Standard and brings it in line with many other countries. This just released Standard takes account of specific Australian safety and design requirements relating to UV factors, moveable equipment and the height regulations for upper body equipment. The standard provides playground owners and designers with greater flexibility and equipment choices.
To learn more about the Kidsafe SA Playground Safety Advisory Service click here
Kidsafe NSW also provide a range of playground information sheets, to access these click here
The Kidsafe NSW Playground Advisory Unit has developed a short webinar presentation highlighting the changes to the Standard that affect the playground industry.
For more information head to http://www.kidsafensw.org/playground-safety/webinars/ or download the flier below