Nature based playgrounds
Why our suburbs need nature based playgrounds
Childhood today is a vastly different reality to what childhood has been in the past. In the past, regular access the outdoors sustained wellbeing and provided a place for learning and growth on all levels. 21st century children are spending, increasingly larger and disproportionate amounts of time in ‘restrictive' environments often consumed by technology advancements.
Many children are faced with increased indoor time due to our current educational strategies, our relationship to learning and our provisions for space.
When children do get to play outside, play environments have often become exclusively focused on the physical development of the child and are limited in the ways they nourish and uphold the development of the imagination, the sensory capacities of the child, and the need to experience beauty.
If elected, I will fight for small nature based playgrounds to be built in the following suburbs (for a start): Watson, Downer, Hackett, Narrabundah, Dickson, Campbell and Oaks Estate.
A Nature based playground is a place to discover and develop all of our senses as nature intended.
A Nature based playground encourages the child to play in a respectful and harmonious relationship with nature, stimulating sustainable behaviour, whilst experiencing the natural rhythms and cycles of life.
A Nature based playground honours the role of play in the unfolding development of the child.