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What playground items are fashionable currently?

Playgrounds are often the first thing that catches your attention as you enter the school grounds or a feature you can see as you drive by. For a long time playgrounds were primarily steel and plastic, similar to those found in a council park. Trends in pedagogy are...

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What Constitutes a Well-Designed Playground?

A good playground goes far beyond the need for adequate shade and physical activity. Good playground design can provide a host of benefits to your school. Firstly recently updated Australian Playground Safety Standards mean that an existing playground, or even a new...

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Best Location for a New Playground

With the growing popularity of nature play playgrounds schools are rethinking the best location for the new playground. Shade sales and soft fall rubber surfaces are giving way to the cooler shade of mature trees and the natural ground cover of mulch. The steel and...

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A playground like no other school.

Attracting new families to schools involves making every aspect of the school shine, including the education, pastoral care, reputation and the amenities in the school campus. The school playground is often the first thing that families see when they enter a school...

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How to get 13 years’ worth of enrolments.

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. This truism applies to the first time a new family attends your school campus for a tour. The first stop of a school tour is usually the prep playground as the family enters the grounds to prep. That first...

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Teachers Concerned About Screen Time

Teachers are looking for solutions to counter the effects of too much screen time and the impacts to the physical and social development of students. Research indicates that the average screen time for children can be up to 7 hours per day, with negative correlations...

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The Benefits of Outdoor Classrooms

Outdoor learning is a growing format that has been found to have educational benefits to students, according to research. Benefits include reduced requirements for teacher redirection and students being able to better remain on task in a natural (outdoor) classroom...

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Playground Specialist or Landscape Architect

Schools invest substantially in landscape architect plans, designed to transform and beautify the school grounds. We often receive calls from schools who are happy with the landscape design but are still wanting something more specialised when it comes to playground...

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Reggio Emilia

Reggio Emilia as an approach to children’s play and learning is popping up around schools in Queensland as teachers identify the benefits of nature-based, self-directed play and learning.  Reggio Emilia, originated in Italy by its founder Loris Malaguzzi after World...

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How To Design A Practical Playground

How much thought and planning go in to today's playgrounds? The answer in my opinion - Not that much. It seems that anyone can give it ago but there is much more than meets the eye to delivering an outstanding functioning playground. I have spent countless hours...

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Artificial Grass Power Brooming

Out of the hundreds of schools and daycare centres I have visited over the last 10 years , there is one thing in common. All of them have artificial grass some where within the grounds. The investment to introduce an area to artificial grass can be quite expensive...

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Harry Pearson Playgrounds

If you have visited a Gold Coast or Brisbane playground in the last twenty years, chances are one is the work of Harry Pearson. Commencing his playground career at Man o War Playgrounds, where he learnt his craft, Harry Pearson was a pioneer in Queensland designer...

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