SDN’s outdoor spaces inspire exploration and discovery, risk taking and creativity. They are flexible, and able to be used differently as children’s interests and abilities change and grow.

Families in our urban based centres often call our outdoor areas their “green oasis”.

Outdoor spaces provide opportunities for children to be loud, messy and boisterous. They provide safe spaces for children to take risks, run and jump and yell, get dirty, make mud cakes and expend energy.

Outdoor spaces offer more than just physical benefits, they’re also important for growing children’s thinking, social and emotional skills. Children who play outside are more likely to invent games and learn about the world in their own way. Although the children are only playing to have fun, they're learning communication, vocabulary and social customs, like turn taking.

These are just some of the reasons why SDN is investing in developing new, award winning outdoor spaces with natural designs that inspire curiosity, physical and social play. Our new outdoor spaces are designed to be used again and again without becoming boring. Each outdoor space is different as it is built to meet the needs of each centre’s unique children, families and community.

For urban teachers, nature isn’t a forest but spiders in the playground, puddles in the parking lot and ants in the crack of a sidewalk – Ann Pelo