Como Primary School’s nature play area opened after three years’ planning

Year 3s Shirin Mousavi (left), Kayden Amos and Sam Sofield with Parents and Citizens’ vice president Nick Sofield.
Year 3s Shirin Mousavi (left), Kayden Amos and Sam Sofield with Parents and Citizens’ vice president Nick Sofield.

AFTER three years in the making Como Primary School officially opened its nature play area this month.

Designed by Natureplay Solutions, the playground includes a variety of wooden structures, a ‘river’ bed and an area where children can combine loose branches and other materials to use for games.

Nature Play Committee member and Parents and Citizens’ (P&C) Association vice president Nick Sofield said in 2016 the P&C proposed the idea to develop a nature playground but it was not until last year that enough funds had been raised and permission was granted.

“I had had a few parents confide in me that for various reason their children couldn’t or didn’t feel comfortable using the standard playground so we wanted to create an area that could be more inclusive,” he said.

“Nature play is all about providing the kids with a slightly different opportunity for play where they get to use their imagination and creativity rather than it all being about physical strength and motor skills.”

The school’s Fathering Project Group, The Comovers, as well as other parent and student volunteers demolished derelict cricket nets to clear space for the playground and after completion of the works laid over 35 cubic metres of mulch and planted more than 150 new plants in the area.

The playground cost about $70,000 with about $55,000 raised by the P&C, $5000 donated by the school’s 2017 prefects and the remaining $10,000 donated by local businesses.

Hensman Street Kindergarten has also opened a nature playground this month .

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