The Playspace Equipment and Naturalized Learning and Play Spaces Policy supports District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) schools with the creation of environments where students can develop physical fitness, motor control and social skills through the safe use and installation of outdoor activity equipment or naturalized learning and playspaces. Since playspace equipment and naturalized learning and play spaces are not funded provincially, the DSBN appreciates the partnership of parents/guardians and community groups who raise funds for purchase, installation, and ongoing repairs and maintenance of playspace equipment and naturalized learning and play spaces at schools.
Playspace equipment – a playstructure anchored to the ground or having natural stability, and not intended to be moved, that is for use in the play areas located on the playground.
Naturalized Learning and Play Space – may include the use of trees, boulders, tree stumps, pathways, trails, garden areas or benches to create outdoor classrooms or a social centre, and areas sheltered from the elements on the school property or in the early learning play area.
Safety considerations are paramount when purchasing playspace equipment. Therefore, schools are expected to act in accordance with the procedures of the DSBN, and in consultation with Purchasing and Facility Services, regarding the purchase, installation and maintenance of playspace equipment to ensure:
School Administrator(s) are responsible for the inspection and supervision, during normal school hours, of playspace equipment and naturalized learning and play spaces consistent with the appropriate procedures and other relevant DSBN guidelines, and consistent with the Education Act and Regulations.