A recent article in the Herald Sun about Childcare centres and kindergartens increasingly having little to no outdoor play equipment due to the size of the centres and needing room to fit as many children as possible in, is concerning. It’s just one more reason to have a dedicated play space for your children in your own backyard.
From the article-
University of Melbourne Assoc Prof Kay Margetts said she was concerned the importance of the outdoors in learning was too often overlooked.
She said outdoor items were particularly useful in social development, understanding risk-taking and co-ordination.
“These things should be in there – it shouldn’t just be the sedentary walking around,’’ Prof Margetts said.
“I’m really for the outdoors being as valuable for learning as the indoors.”
When you have your own cubby house and play area, it is always easily accessible to your children. They can customise it to their own needs and tastes which makes them even more likely to love it and play in it. When outdoor play is easy and accessible, it stands to reason it will be used and enjoyed more by the whole family. We all know that when we are planning to go somewhere, getting ready and getting there is half the battle. When you have your own play area in your back yard, it’s as simple as stepping out the back door! Play time shouldn’t need to be an event that is travelled to like a park or play cafe. And, as we have read in the article, satisfactory play areas at childcare and kindergarten aren’t guaranteed.
Our durable cubbies come in a variety of shapes and sizes – we can make one for any back yard. This means your children will get all the benefits of outdoor play- exercise, co-ordination, problem solving skills, imagination play, confidence building and social skills regardless of the amount of equipment at their childcare or kindy!
You can read the full Herald Sun article here.
Now that we are well and truly back into the school year and daily grind, it’s easy for parental guilt to sink in.We’re so busy with work, life and endless to-do lists, we’re exhausted, and playing with our kids is not always our top priority. And it shouldn’t always be,
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