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"Play is the highest form of research."

Albert Einstein
(Theoretical Physicist 1879-1955)

Outdoor Play and Learning CIC

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OPAL Mentoring

Outdoor Play and Learning

We (parents, educators, carers, allied health professionals...) are becoming increasingly aware of the need for children to be allowed free play, access to nature and encouraged to take reasonable risks. However, when faced with a group of children for whom you are responsible, it can be a daunting task actually relinquishing control and embracing the unknown. What is reasonable risk?

Having someone to guide you through the transition from the ubiquitous sterile playground to a more natural playspace and open-ended play opportunities is the most effective way of bringing about your happier, healthier, more inclusive play experience.

Nature Play Solutions is an accredited Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) provider. Our experienced team can help you to encourage creativity and resilience in your children by designing better play spaces and enabling staff to support beautiful play.

When your school adopts the OPAL program you will be allocated an accredited OPAL mentor who will assist your school to develop a strategic and policy based approach to improving play. The program runs over a 12-18 month period and through OPAL you will:

  • Identify your school community's play values

  • Gather baseline and evaluation data

  • Have support and guidance throughout via your OPAL mentor

  • Write a play provision policy and strategy

  • Create a comprehensive action plan

  • Enhance play opportunities at your school

The program's focus is on creating a lasting and significant change in play provision, which can provide significant benefits that extend to all areas of children's learning and wellbeing: physical, cognitive, social and emotional, and overall wellbeing.

Nature Play Solutions adopted the OPAL program to enhance the work we do in supporting play for children in schools, child care centres, local government and other facilities. As accredited OPAl providers, we are excited by the opportunity to provide support for play through the structure of the OPAL program.

Click here for a brochure about our OPAL Mentoring and Contact us for prices and more information.