THE children at Wallerawang’s Pied Piper Preschool have just moved into their new outdoor play space, after many months of planning and several months of serious landscaping.
The playground contains lots of surprise elements — a boulder-edged sandpit with a water pump, a digging patch, raised vegetable and herb gardens, a climbing wall and slide, a sensory path of smooth gravel and glass, a forest of posts for climbing, bamboo teepees and tunnel, a boardwalk, a big lizard made of rocks and an amphitheatre.
The playground contains some established eucalypts providing shade and a gentle background sound as the leaves rustle in the breeze.
There are little places to sit scattered around the yard, and paths to follow to somewhere and nowhere.
New director Trudy Magus said the new play space gives the children a close connection with nature.
“As the plants grow, this growth will create little spaces and will give the children the feeling they are in a magical space that encourages them to play in a really creative way, while being in touch with the natural elements that are so important … rocks, dirt, sand and grass and indigenous plants.
“There’s also space to run, climb, ride, jump, dig and carry — a great space for children.”
Trudy acknowledged and praised the vision and commitment of the outgoing director Vanessa Miller for steering this project from its inception through to completion, and the members of the management committee for their foresight in setting aside the funds over the long term.
PLAYTIME: Emily Case climbs in the new “forest”. lm021813emily
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