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John XXIII College Kindergarten Nature Playscape

There is clear and consistent evidence regarding the benefits for children and the wider community when engaging with nature. John XXIII College recognise this shift to enhance playground provision by including planted landscapes and natural play elements into playground designs, giving children opportunities to play in natural semi-wild spaces.

UDLA was engaged by John XXIII College to design a nature-playscape for their kindergarten that addresses the need for greater connection to nature and that could be built by their grounds staff. UDLA responded to the brief by creating a landscape with natural materials and topography. Providing opportunities for children to climb, hide, build cubbies, undertake creative free play and waterplay.

OUTCOMES:
    • A playscape that offers children a chance to engage with nature
    • Creates a stimulating learning environment
    • A simple and easily maintainable design that was easily installed by grounds staff

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