Alexandra Headland playground could be country’s best
THE KIDS at New Leaf Early Learning at Alexandra Headland could be playing on Australia’s best playground.
Following the successful opening of Grammar Early Learning Limited’s newest chilcare centre at the start of 2016, the centre has now been nominated in the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Awards for the best playground in Australia.
Director of Grammar Early Learning Limited John Fadian said Greenedge Design had designed the perfect playground to fit in with the natural bush surroundings.
"We have been fortunate to partner with Greenedge Design who have designed an outdoor play space which has a focus on environmental best practice and sustainability where children have a sense of adventure and exploration, allowing them to develop their physical abilities as well as imaginary play,” he said.
Greenedge Design director Greg Thomas believes the outdoor space and play area was an extension of the learning environment.
"With sustainability the main focus for this landscape design, many trees were retained and the use of many other exotic plant species including rosemary, lemon-scented myrtle and bamboo, which is often used for texture and providing a rustling noise in the wind, provide sensory benefits to children,” Mr Thomas said.
"The harvesting of selective timbers felled on the site during the clearing process were reused in the play space, such as the stepper logs, the log maze and dragon fly seat which add elements of nature, creativity and curiosity.
"We hope the application of the nature themed play space adjacent to the beautiful bushland will capture children from an early age to enjoy nature and their outdoor surroundings, bringing their awareness and appreciation of the environment with them along their journey from childhood to adulthood.”
To vote for New Leaf visit www.aila.org.au.