Kidsafe NSW Inc. Newsletter
July 2017
5 Jul 2017

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Welcome Kim

The team welcomes Kim Cooke to the Playground Advisory Unit. Kim has been involved in the design and development of outdoor playspaces with a specific interest in creating ‘mindfulness’ opportunities for children through the use of exploration in natural playspaces. 


NATIONAL NEWS

Standards Update

Standards Australia expects to publish AS4685 Part 0 Playground equipment and surfacing- development, installation, inspection, maintenance and operation later in 2017. Kidsafe NSW conduct webinars to highlight and explain the main changes to the Standard. WATCH THIS SPACE! 


INSPECTION AND TRAINING

2017 Schedule

The Kidsafe NSW Playground Advisory Unit (PAU) schedules visits to regional NSW throughout the year. The visit may include accredited training or workshops and the opportunity for playground owners to engage the PAU for a Comprehensive Playground Inspection. Other services are available upon request (refer to Kidsafe.nsw.org). 


ACCREDITED TRAINING

Playground Inspection Courses


PLAYGROUND SAFETY

Clothing and Toggle Entrapment

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) issued voluntary guidelines for suppliers in June 2011 for the removal of cords, drawstrings and toggles from the manufacturing of children‘s clothing. According to the ACCC, concerns regarding children‘s clothing are where jewellery, scarves, cords and toggles in children‘s clothing may become entrapped in small gaps whilst using play equipment, exiting transport such as buses and within nursery furniture such as cots. 


PLAYGROUND INFORMATION

Moveable Play Equipment

A minimum impact area of 1500mm is required surrounding moveable equipment items measuring 600mm or more above the playing surface. 


Fencing Playspaces

A fence around a public playspace may assist with the containment of children, preventing them from running into hazards such as a busy road, and keeping animals and undesired traffic out. 


PLAYGROUND PICK

The Happy Garden

The Happy Garden, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, NSW was awarded the Leycester Meares Memorial Award - Special Recognition for Innovative Design in the 2016 Kidsafe National Playspace Design Awards. 


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