Playground safety

The importance of play

Kidsafe SA encourages and recognises the importance of play for all children. Play can develop children's physical strength, coordination, balance, social skills, risk management and problem solving skills. Every child has the right to play and to take positive risks in a hazard free environment.

Risk - Challenge vs Hazards

Play can offer children the opportunity to encounter and take acceptable risks in a challenging and controlled learning environment. Challenges and hazards are both risks. A challenge is something obvious to a child where he/she can determine their ability and decide whether to take that risk. Positive risk taking may have many benefits including self-assessments of ones own ability, improving confidence and building resilience in children. On the other hand, a hazard is something unseen or not obvious to a child that often results in injuries.

Our Playground Advisory Unit (PAU) encourages positive risk taking behaviors in a safe environment free of hazards.


Playground Advisory Unit

Do you require our Playground Advisory Unit? Visit our services tab or click here or view our Playground Advisory Unit Brochure below: 

Kidsafe National Playspace Design Awards

The Kidsafe National Playspace Design Awards (the Awards) recognise excellence and innovation in the provision of safe, creative playspaces. The Awards are open to playground owners, service providers, design professionals, students, and landscapers from across Australia.

This is a great opportunity to showcase playspace design in action!

The Awards aim to promote inspirational, innovative, best practice play facilities that encourage healthy participation in recreational activities for all children.

Past Winners

To view past winners or to find out more about the Awards, visit the Kidsafe Australia website here: