Kidsafe NSW promotes child injury prevention and education in an effort to preserve and protect the lives of our children.

Local Government

Kidsafe NSW has assisted many local government authorities in NSW with playground development, playground management strategies, inspections and workshops on playground inspection methods tailored to individual councils.

Click here to view the Kidsafe 2014 Playspace Design Awards winning entries for public playspaces.

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Playground Strategies

Below are links to some examples of local government playground strategies:

Community Consultation

Local government can strengthen their community connections through processes which engage and inform their communities about Council activities. Community consultation is a key tool to appropriately involve the community in planning and decision making. 

Playspace design can only be considered successful if it provides for the wants and needs of the end-user whether it be in a park, community centre or children's service. The only way to ensure you are providing for the end user, is by asking them what they need and want through community consultation.

Read the article Community Consultation - A Design Tool

Sandpits in Public Playspaces

Research clearly indicates that children prefer natural landscapes and materials (as opposed to man-made materials). The suggestion is that humans are genetically programmed (by evolution) to have an affinity for vegetation, natural materials and nature, and children are particularly sensitive in this regard.

The benefits to a child's development by including a sandpit in a playspace include:

  • Cognitive skills - through cause and effect, comparison (eg wet and dry), problem solving
  • Language skills - expressive and receptive conversation skills
  • Physical skills including fine and perceptual motor skills and gross motor skills
  • Social and emotional skills eg. onlooker play, solitary play, parallel play, associative play and co-operative play.

Sand play can be copied by others, encourages fantasy play and is a developmentally appropriate activity as it accommodates the needs of varying ages, abilities and interests of children

When a risk-benefit analysis of a sandpit is undertaken, usually the benefits to the community greatly outweigh the risks.

Read the article A Sandpit for Foley Park - Glebe

Skateparks and Action Sport Facilities

There is a good case for providing more public action sport facilities to encourage play, and social and physical participation by young people. Skate and BMX parks are particularly important for adolescents to provide legitimate and supportive places to gather and feel a sense of belonging. As such, these have an important role in preventative health. Skate parks provide a point of contact, and can encourage the establishment of good lifestyle patterns that will persist into adulthood. With good management and design, public spaces with skateable/rideable elements in suitable locations, can send important messages to young people about their values and acceptance by the community, as well as provide for these fun, and mainstream activities. Such facilities can increase the neighbourhood’s capability to nurture young people

Read the article Action Sports - Serious Fun!