PLAYGROUND CONSULTING SERVICE

Kidsafe QLD playground consulting and inspection services.

Don’t waste time and money specifying the wrong landscaping materials or installing imported equipment in your new playground. With Kidsafe Qld’s Playground Consulting Service you can get pre-approval of your plans to ensure they are compliant. In addition to our comprehensive understanding of the Australian Standards for Playgrounds AS/NZS 4486, we also take into account children’s social, emotional and intellectual stages of development, as well as their physical capabilities and needs.

At Kidsafe Qld we believe that the idea of a playground should be broadened from a confined area that contains only prefabricated fixed equipment, to multiple areas that are diverse, flexible and interactive learning environments. An effective playground or play space:

  • Allows access to nature through various landforms and plants
  • Is where children can be physically active, with open areas for running and free play
  • Includes areas for dramatic and creative play, access to a tap for sand play, and loose parts for building
  • Encourages children to make up games, create their own play and rules

Not all playgrounds are alike. The play space in an early childhood centre will have more specific needs than the playground in a public park. Play areas should be appropriately designed for specific groups of children, including those with special needs. Consideration should be given to:

  • The ages and abilities of the children
  • Whether active supervision is available
  • The amount of use a play space will have
  • Whether vandalism is a problem

A successful play space has the following features:

  • Separate zones
  • A range of age appropriate play settings (quiet, active, group or individual play)
  • A wide range of choice in available activities
  • Provision for levels of complexity and challenge (including children with disabilities)
  • A safe and secure environment with plenty of shade
  • An area where play flows between activities and incompatible zones are separated
  • Access and entry points are appropriate for the numbers of users
  • Flexible (containing both fixed and moveable parts which can be used in a variety of ways)
  • A safe, durable, long-lasting play environment (quality design, materials and work)
  • Is easily supervised and encourages adult involvement

For more information, call us on 07 3854 1829.