National Playspace Design Awards

The Kidsafe National Playspace Design Awards (the Awards) are held every 2 years to recognise excellence and innovation in the provision of safe, creative playspaces across Australia and showcase what designers and builders can achieve in public places, schools and education and care centres.

An award winning playspace offers a wide range of play activities including challenge areas for climbing and balancing; discovery areas for exploring and pretend play; a place where children of all ages and abilities feel included and comfortable to stay for a while. They may even include trees and boulders for climbing and scrambling!!!!!

Entries are now open for the 2018 awards

2018 Kidsafe National Playspace Design Awards

ENTRIES NOW OPEN!

The 2018 Kidsafe National Playspace Design Awards (the Awards) recognise excellence and innovation in the provision of safe, creative playspaces. The Awards are open to playground owners, service providers, design professionals, students, and landscapers from across Australia. A great opportunity to showcase playspace design in action! The Awards aim to promote inspirational, innovative, best practice play facilities that encourage healthy participation in recreational activities for all children. Judging Criteria Entries will be reviewed by a multi-disciplinary panel, which may include representatives of Kidsafe, education and care services, education, engineering, injury prevention, design and local government. Judging will assess entries on the basis of:

  • Project Summary
  • Commitment to Safe Play Environments
  • Innovative Design
  • Inclusive Playspace Design
  • Community and Culture
  • Shade Elements
  • Sustainability
  • Successful Outcomes of the Project

Entrants must ensure that the playspace is:

  • Within Australia;
  • Completed;
  • Installed/constructed since September 2016; and
  • Currently open for use.

Award Categories

Education and Care Services: preschools, long day care, out of school hours care, vacation care, family day care

Schools: public and private schools, primary and high schools

Public Playspaces:

  • Up to $500K
  • $500K—$1M
  • $1M upwards

State and Territory commendation awards may also be considered.

Entries close AEST 5pm, Friday 24 August 2018 Winners announced 29 November 2018

Click here to download Entry Form.

Expressions of Interest – Award Judges

Kidsafe seeks Expressions of Interest from suitably qualified and/or experienced individuals with knowledge in playground design and safety, as volunteer judges for the 2018 Kidsafe National Playspace Design Awards.

Click here for more information.

2016 Kidsafe National Playspace Design Awards

Winners Anounced!

National Kidsafe Day, Tuesday 25 October 2016

About The Awards

The 2016 Kidsafe National Playspace Design Awards (the Awards) recognise excellence and innovation in the provision of safe, creative playspaces. The Awards are open to playground owners, service providers, design professionals, students, and landscapers from across Australia.

This is a great opportunity to showcase playspace design in action!

The Awards aim to promote inspirational, innovative, best practice play facilities that encourage healthy participation in recreational activities for all children.


The winners are:

EDUCATION AND CARE SERVICES

Winner:   Wandana Outdoor Learning Area, Gillies Plains, South Australia

Highly Commended:   Fit Kidz Putney Playspace, Putney, NSW

SCHOOLS

Winner:   Skywalker Playground, Kellyville Public School, Kellyville, NSW

Highly Commended:   Mater Dei School, Camden, NSW

PUBLIC PLAYSPACES CATEGORY A <$500K

Winner:   Eyre Park All Abilities Regional Playspace, Middleton , Western Australia

Highly Commended:   Phoenix Park Playspace, Drummoyne, NSW

PUBLIC PLAYSPACES CATEGORY B $500K – $1M

Winner:   Valley Reserve SPARC, Mt Waverley, Victoria

Highly Commended:   Sydney Park Bike Track, St Peters, NSW

PUBLIC PUBLIC PLAYSPACES CATEGORY C >$1M

Winner:   Playford Alive Town Park, Munno Para, South Australia

Highly Commended:   Early Start Discovery Space, University of Wollongong, NSW

LEYCESTER MEARES MEMORIAL AWARD

Special Recognition for Innovative Design: The Happy Garden, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, NSW

Click below to view the winners of the 2016 Awards:


 

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