Hocking PS’s new nature playground to aid students’ learning


Hocking Primary School pre-primary student Ashley Smith (on trampoline) with fellow students at the nature playground

Kindergarten students Luca Seeber (front) and Emilia Hickman in the nature playground.
Hocking Primary School pre-primary student Ashley Smith (on trampoline) with fellow students at the nature playground Kindergarten students Luca Seeber (front) and Emilia Hickman in the nature playground.

CHILDREN are having fun while learning with the opening of a nature playground at Hocking Primary School.

It took nearly six weeks to build the $126,000 playground, which was majority funded by the school with a contribution from the P&C.

Deputy principal Mark Pegoraro said play was important for children’s development.

“The different elements provided in the playground allow children to develop important skills which will assist in them developing into well rounded, critical thinking and considerate adults,” he said.

“Some of the elements include opportunities for creative and imaginative play necessary for problem solving, social and emotional play which encourages interactions with others and emotional intelligence (and) physical aspects allowing children to balance, climb and enhance co-ordination and agility.”

Mr Pegoraro said the space also provided sensory experiences that were critical for children’s brain development and cognitive opportunities to develop problem solving and critical thinking skills.

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