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.
These resources have been developed to help guide playground owners, schools and professionals on the safety aspects of a playspace.
Please contact us on (08) 8161 6318 to discuss playground safety further or to enquire about our playground inspection service.
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.
To view past winners or to find out more about the Awards, visit the Kidsafe Australia website here: http://kidsafe.com.au/national-playspace-design-awards/