New natural playground helping to ignite children’s imagination. Brighton Playroom officially unveiled its newly renovated outdoor learning space on Friday, 4 May 2018. Offering children complete immersion in the natural world, to ignite their imaginations and encourage resilience and confidence, the new playground serves as a multi-sensory discovery forest.
A few years in development, Brighton Playroom has long held a vision for a safe, enchanting space where children can explore, learn and connect with the natural environment, and embed sustainable practices in early childhood.
The Federal Member for Goldstein, Mr Tim Wilson, as well as the Mayor of the City of Bayside, Councillor Laurence Evans will officially unveil the site, at an event to be held on Friday 4 May 2018 from 3pm.
Federal Minister Tim Wilson had this to say following the event:
“The new garden at Brighton Playroom is a wonderful additional to an already inclusive community asset. The investment in the space is a perfect demonstration of what can happen when volunteers, the community and the Council work together to give the next generation the best chance at a start at life. The garden is a place for children to explore, play, learn and grow and bridge their creativity and appreciation for the natural environment – with the potential for sand castle engineering feats as well. Congratulations to Nadia and the Brighton Playroom team on everything they have achieved on a long road of community success”.
Design elements including a new sandpit, balance beams and vestibular activities, self directed rest day bench, reflexology water stones, reclaimed timber logs and a hand water pump for experimental diversity are just a few of the features of the new playground. A small fruit and vegetable garden has also been included so the children will understand where food comes from, and learn about healthy eating through nature play.
Centre Director Ms Nadia Woods said the children loved their new natural playground, which is full of hidden surprises and opportunities for young learners to interact closely with nature.
‘Natural outdoor environments produce positive physiological and psychological responses, including reduced stress, and increased feelings of wellbeing. At Brighton Playroom, environmental learning starts at an early age with hands on experience in nature. Through autonomous, self-directed play within the natural world, children form an affection and concern for nature, building their empathy and appreciation for the natural world and environment as they grow into adulthood’.
Bayside City Council Mayor Laurence Evans said he was delighted that Council was able to contribute to funding the design and installation of the new nature-based, interactive outdoor play area at Brighton Playroom.
“The playground fits perfectly into its natural surroundings and children will have hours of enjoyment climbing the rocks and splashing around in the water,” Cr Evans said.
“The playground is all the more commendable because it effectively integrates with the adjacent Council playground located next to the Playhouse.
“We want children to feel connected to nature and not be afraid of getting their hands dirty, and this play space achieves just that.”
“Brighton Playroom provides a valuable occasional care service and fosters important social connections for youngsters and their parents.”
It’s estimated that only 35% of children today are playing and exploring in outdoor playgrounds and this new oasis will serve an important educational purpose to teach sustainability, horticultural practices and native species to children of Bayside. Ms Woods said Brighton Playroom wanted to thank Bayside City Council for the generous grant to build the new playground, and Jenn Reed from Urban Discovery Landscape, for expertly bringing its vision to life.