NEW Nature Based Playground

Posted by admin on May 9, 2014

NEW Nature Based Playground

At FIRS we understand that play is a vital part of childhood and growing up. Children learn through play to develop social, physical and emotional skills. Providing children with an outdoor learning environment that incorporates areas for quiet, natural, creative, active and stimulating play will allow children to learn whilst using their imagination. By engaging a child to use their initiative and explore possibilities we provide them with the best opportunities to learn.

With the013_opt.jpg support of the Shire of Kalamunda, Lotteries West, Perth Airport Corporation and  Forrestfield Community Bank, the non-existent playground at the FIRS complex has undergone a makeover .

The new nature playground at Foothills Information and Referral Service has been the recipients of four grants to contribute to the construction of a nature based playground at our premises. We have received a $50,000 grant from Lotteries West; $5,000 from the Perth Airport; $20,000 from the Shire of Kalamunda and $2,500 from the Forrestfield Bendigo Community Bank.

The above organisations between them and with a $20,000 contribution from FIRS has provided the sum of $75,000 for the playground makeover.  The Foothills Men’s Shed has contributed to the new playground with the construction of a number of items such as bridge, cubby and  garden beds.

The new playground is a nature based playground providing children the opportunity to play in a natural bush environment whilst still being watched over.  Many of us had the opportunity to just go and play in the bush – that is in times when it was safer to do so. FIRS nature based  playground has provided this unique area for children to play and reconnect with the natural elements in nature.