Play is an intrinsic aspect of children and young people’s lives. Play challenges and informs our understanding of children and young people because it views children as competent and confident human beings.
By using this resource you will gain a better understanding of the need for play and the importance of being creative and inclusive when planning, designing and implementing outdoor play space. Whilst Space to Play is primarily focused on outdoor play space development within
registered childcare settings many of the underlying principles and approaches outlined are transferable to a range of wider settings. The document is intended to inform all sequential stages of development for any outdoor play project.
Using the visual of a roundabout the document is divided into 6 colour coded design stages. Eachstage, offers relevant information, guidance and support. Depending on your circumstances or specific needs some stages will be more relevant than others. You are encouraged to dip in and out of the document as required. The images used throughout are intended to reflect and expand on the text. We would encourage you to conduct further research as you will also have a vision for your desired end product.
View a sample of the Space To Play Publication: