Commitment to Continuous Improvement
To enhance each child’s experience and memory of this special place we always have a plan in place for continuing to build upon its quality and ambience.
Our immediate focus is on the main playground area, for which a comprehensive reworking is planned. We love to celebrate our existing wide open spaces, yet would like to balance that with creating smaller, stimulating areas that lend to a range of particular activities. This is a big project to take some time to bring to fruition.
Our project is framed in the belief that these days, too often children’s experience of the world is limited to the standardised ‘safe’ playground of rules, bright plastic, cottonwool and softfall; where anything remotely appearing as a risk is hastily removed from the environment. This contributes nothing to spontaneous natural play, learning and challenge.
We believe playing in a natural setting teaches children to better take care, be aware, estimate risks, make decisions and to cope with life. We intend to infuse these attributes into the planning of our new playground; encouraging the judging of risks and not simply removing them all together.
That said, we remain wholly committed to maintaining Jasmine as a safe place, but recognise the benefits for a child in better understanding their world through experiential play which should be a natural part of childhood.
From time to time there will be opportunities for the families in our community to contribute to these plans through working bees and the like, or to bring their skills and expertise directly to project elements.