Kidsafe NSW Inc. Newsletter
October 2015
19 Oct 2015

In This Issue


New Kidsafe NSW Resource

Moveable Play Equipment - A Guide for Playground Owners and Educators

Moveable play equipment is not permanently fixed in place and can be adjusted and moved on a regular basis to vary play opportunities. It includes trestles, jouncing boards, cleated planks, balancing beams, play cubes, portable slides and rockers.

Kidsafe NSW has published this resource to assist teachers, educators and playground operators provide great ideas for creative, fun use, set up and sound work health and safety practices. 

Playground Training

Workshop: Is your Playground Up To Standard? Playground Safety and Inspection

Are you responsible for playground safety, inspection and maintenance?

Then the "Is Your Playground Up To Standard? Playground Safety and Inspection" workshop is for you!

Tuesday 10th November 2015
$190 pp

Hornsby RSL
4 High Street Hornsby
Short walk from train station. Parking available on site 

Webinar: Safe and Creative Backyards for Family Day Care

Kidsafe NSW promotes the importance of children experiencing and learning about risk through safe, creative play.

This 1 hour webinar aims to provide family day care educators with information about backyard safety, risk and challenge, types of injuries, and ideas to “think outside the box” for creative backyard play options. 

Playground Services

Comprehensive Inspection V Compliance Certification

Kidsafe NSW often receives requests for a compliance inspection or certification of a playground, post installation, to prove that a playground and or installation complies with the relevant Australian Standards. 

Playground Safety

Cords, Drawstring and Toggle Entrapment

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) issued voluntary guidelines in June 2011 for the removal of cords, drawstrings and toggles from the manufacturing of children’s clothing. In the United States and the European Union, voluntary standards have been in place for a number of years. 

Fencing Playspaces

Fencing a playground is not a requirement of the Australian Standards however a fence can assist in keeping children safe from harm. The decision to fence a playground should be taken into consideration the following:
• The intended age group of the children using the playground
• Proximity of the playground to a major road, waterway or dog park
• Location of a cycle way to the playground
• Type of barrier eg. garden beds, hedges or fence 

Timber in Playspaces

AS 4685:2014 Playground equipment and surfacing states that timber treated with CCA (Copper Chromium Arsenate) or creosote preservatives should not be used. This includes above or in-ground construction of playground items including equipment, fencing, garden walls, park furniture, picnic tables and exterior seating. 

Other Information Sheets

The Kidsafe NSW Playground Advisory Unit has a range of information sheets available on the website. 

General News

Shade Grant

Kidsafe NSW is the proud recipient of a Cancer Institute NSW Evidence to Practice Grant - Shade Provision. The grant has provided Kidsafe NSW with a cantilevered umbrella over the sandpit and an all-weather shade structure attached to Kidsafe House.

VALE Mr Clive Dodd

Kidsafe NSW was saddened by the news of the sudden passing of Mr Clive Dodd. Clive worked tirelessly on behalf of the playground industry and was an advocate for child safety and safe playgrounds. 

Kidsafe NSW
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Phone: 02 9845 0890
Kidsafe NSW Inc.

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