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  • 1 | Outdoor Learning Environments Standard | March 2018

    Standard

    Outdoor Learning Environments

    Summary

    The Outdoor Learning Environments Standard details the minimum and recommended standards for creating and maintaining an outdoor learning environment that provides children with optimal learning opportunities.

    Table 1 - Document details

    Publication date March 2018

    File number 16/03791

    Related legislation Disability Discrimination Act 1992

    Disability Standards for Education 2006 Work Health and Safety Act 2012

    Work Health and Safety Regulations 2012 Education and Early Childhood Services (Registration and Standards) Act 2011

    Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011

    Related policies, procedures, guidelines, standards, frameworks

    Asset Services Policy, DECD Design Standards Workplace Inspection Procedure Children and Students with Disability Policy 2015

    Version 1.1

    Replaces Artificial Wetlands on DECD Sites, Kitchen Gardens in Schools, Landscape & Planting (D1), Outdoor Learning Areas D7, Playgrounds for preschools and schools, Poisonous Plants (CP019), Tree maintenance and audits

    Policy officer (position) Contracts and Strategic Projects

    Policy officer (phone) (08) 8226 0091

    Policy sponsor (position) Assistant Director, Capital Programs

    Executive director responsible (position and office)

    Executive Director, Infrastructure

    Applies to All DECD employees

    Key words Outdoor, Learning, Trees, Plants, Playgrounds, Environment, Playspace, Nature Play Space, Play Equipment, Sandpit, Risk/Benefit

    Status Approved

    Approved by Senior Executive Group (SEG)

    https://myintranet.learnlink.sa.edu.au/operations-and-management/facilities-and-security/asset-services-policyhttp://www.decd.sa.gov.au/docs/documents/1/DecsFacilitiesDesignStand.pdfhttps://myintranet.learnlink.sa.edu.au/library/document-library/procedure/hr/health-and-safety/managing-health-and-safety/Workplace-Inspection-Procedure-20-Aug-2015.pdf

  • 2 | Outdoor Learning Environments Standard | March 2018

    Approval date 8 September 2016

    Review date 21 September 2019

    Table 2 - Revision record

    Date Version Revision description

    08/09/2016 1.0 New standard approved

    06/03/2018 1.1 Administrative edit removed text Site leaders must ensure existing loose fill is maintained at a minimum depth of 250mm at all times from Section 6.1.3 as the information contradicted the requirement to maintain loose fill to 300mm at all times.

    Updated information linking to the Nature Play SA Benefit and Risk Guide.

  • 3 | Outdoor Learning Environments Standard | March 2018

    Table of Contents

    Summary....................................................................................................................................... 1

    Table of Contents .......................................................................................................................... 3

    1. Title ........................................................................................................................................... 5

    2. Purpose..................................................................................................................................... 5

    3. Scope ........................................................................................................................................ 5

    4. Standard detail .......................................................................................................................... 6

    5. Design and Planning ............................................................................................................... 11

    5.1 Design principles ........................................................................................................... 11

    5.2 Risks and benefits of learning outdoors ......................................................................... 11

    5.3 Nature Play .................................................................................................................... 11

    5.4 Accessibility, learning and participation ......................................................................... 12

    5.5 Location ......................................................................................................................... 12

    5.6 Drainage ........................................................................................................................ 13

    5.7 Shade ............................................................................................................................ 13

    5.8 Plants and trees ............................................................................................................. 13

    6. Design Standards ................................................................................................................... 17

    6.1 Fall heights and impact absorbing materials .................................................................. 17

    6.2 Sand environments ........................................................................................................ 19

    6.3 Rocks and boulders ....................................................................................................... 21

    6.4 Water courses and ponds .............................................................................................. 21

    6.5 Grass ............................................................................................................................. 22

    6.6 Slopes and mounds ....................................................................................................... 22

    6.7 Loose materials ............................................................................................................. 23

    6.8 Kitchen gardens and vegetable patches ........................................................................ 23

    6.9 Artificial wetlands ........................................................................................................... 24

    6.10 Fire pits ...................................................................................................................... 25

    6.11 Copper chrome arsenate timber ................................................................................. 25

    7. Playground equipment ............................................................................................................ 26

    7.1 Australian Standards ..................................................................................................... 26

    7.2 New playground equipment ........................................................................................... 26

    7.3 Movable play equipment ................................................................................................ 26

    7.4 Modifications to playground equipment ......................................................................... 27

    8. Planning and approval ............................................................................................................ 27

    8.1 Funding.......................................................................................................................... 27

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    8.2 Approval ........................................................................................................................ 27

    8.3 Commissioning .............................................................................................................. 28

    9. Maintenance and Management ............................................................................................... 29

    9.1 Maintenance .................................................................................................................. 29

    9.2 Inspections .................................................................................................................... 29

    9.3 Decommissioning, dismantling and disposal ................................................................. 30

    10. Roles and responsibilities ..................................................................................................... 30

    11. Monitoring, evaluation and review ......................................................................................... 30

    12. Definitions and abbreviations ................................................................................................ 31

    13. Supporting documents .......................................................................................................... 32

    14. References ............................................................................................................................ 33

  • 5 | Outdoor Learning Environments Standard | March 2018

    1. Title

    Outdoor Learning Environments Standard

    2. Purpose

    The development of Outdoor Learning Environments (OLE) must provide balanced environments which instil a sense of wonder, generate curiosity and spark the imagination of children and young people. The purpose of this standard is to provide the minimum requirements and processes for creating and maintaining an outdoor learning environment (OLE) at education facilities. A strong focus has been placed on providing children and young people with optimal learning opportunities that foster a connection to and inspire respect for the environment while allowing children and young people to develop risk taking s