Outdoor play has been the poor relation of indoor classroom teaching for some time. However, as we strive to achieve more with less our focus must shift to how we can add value to the educational experience our school site offers. With the tightened budget situation we need to prove the educational value of our play provision. Children learn through play, naturally, easily and without the need for expensive tools, resources and equipment.
What children learn through play in part comes from the setting, the design of the environment they are playing in. When a school playground design is focussed around the curriculum needs of the staff and children, as well as providing for wellness, community involvement, bio-diversity and sustainability, the school becomes an educational resource for both our children and the wider community.