Children get taste of real world at Little Land

Chevon Semmens and some happy shoppers. All photos: Martin Kennealey
Chevon Semmens and some happy shoppers. All photos: Martin Kennealey

CHILDREN can enter a world designed just for them when Little Land in Balcatta opens on Friday.

The play centre is different to others in Perth, offering role play experiences for children in a scaled down grocery store, school, doctor’s surgery, school, cafe, home and construction site.

Innaloo mother Chevon Semmens said the concept was growing in popularity in the UK and she wanted to offer it locally.

“As a mum of two adventurous boys, one almost three-year-old and a six-month-old, I felt there was a need for more weatherproof alternatives that integrated play and learning,” she said.

“Plus, I love to play.”

Ms Semmens said the areas were designed for children aged up to eight, and were designed in consultation with parents, early childhood educators, paediatric occupational therapists and speech pathologists to offer a creative and educational play experience.

She believed role play helped build children’s confidence and creativity, and enhance their social skills, physical development and problem solving.

“Personally, I’ve always loved working with children and as it wasn’t part of my day job I spent more than 10 years volunteering with Radio Lollipop at Princess Margaret Hospital, as well as getting involved in classroom reading programs for the local primary school,” she said.

Ms Semmens spent more than a year searching for the perfect property.

“We focused on the City of Stirling knowing that there was a high density of zero to nine-year-old memory makers in the midst,” she said.

“Little Land has worked to ensure parents’ and little ones’ needs are our focus.”

The centre opens on May 24 and will run 90-minute play sessions.

It will also offer a parent station and a Very Little Land for pre-walkers.

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