Progress Continues for New Natural Playgrounds
The second phase of the Kindergarten Natural Playgrounds began mid-2017, with 13 schools receiving new playgrounds this summer.
During the 2015-2016 school year, the Halton Catholic District School Board began an initiative to replace its plastic and metal Kindergarten play structures with new and improved outdoor learning play spaces. These play spaces were to be constructed primarily of natural earth elements that encourage imaginative free play, such as rolling terrain, large plantings, pathways, and trees.

The Natural Playgrounds aim to enhance and support student learning and the development of the whole child. Each play space includes an area for a gross-motor and/or climbing activity, an area for dramatic play, a sand area for fine-motor play, and an outdoor classroom/place of learning.

Updates at a Glance:

  • As of September 2016, 16 Kindergarten Natural Playgrounds were successfully installed.
  • The second phase of the initiative began mid-2017, with 13 schools receiving new playgrounds this summer. The remainder of the Board's Kindergarten playspaces are scheduled to be completed by September 2020.
  • Artificial surfacing will be used to improve the maintenance and accessibility of the play structures.
  • Minor modifications to several components (e.g. the spiral bench) will also be made to improve accessibility.
Natural Playgrounds offer enhanced terrain for outdoor play, which connects children to nature and develops their appreciation of God's gifts of creation. Feedback from the experience of building the playgrounds, as well as the children's use of the playgrounds, continues to help in the planning and implementation of future natural play spaces at our schools.

Stay tuned for more information and updates regarding Natural Playgrounds across our Board!

 

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