Play Safety Resources

Playing outside is not just about letting off steam. It is a vital part of childhood that helps children develop physical strength, coordination and balance. It can also provide opportunities for children to learn and develop:

  • Social skills - when they play with other children they learn to communicate, share, collaborate and empathise with others.

  • Imagination and creativity - outside play is often open-ended and children need to be creative about what and how games are played.

  • Thinking and problem solving skills - as children assess risks and tackle new challenges they learn about having a go, persistence and perseverance and the success those attributes can bring.

  • Sense of self - as they master new skills and play with other children they improve their competence and confidence in their own physical and social abilities.

  • Sense of connection - to place, to peers and to their local community and environment.

  • Self-care skills - managing physical and social challenges helps children to learn about keeping themselves safe.

To support these broad learning outcomes, play spaces should include areas for active, free, quiet, social, imaginative, creative, exploratory and natural play. By inviting children to use their own initiative, explore possibilities and take chances we can provide them with opportunities to learn. Remember your own childhood - where was your favourite place to play? 



Kidsafe Qld is the expert in educating and informing parents and children on staying safe. Our play safety fact sheets, resources and guides provide up to date information on the key safety risks and injury prevention whilst at play. All of our resources are developed according to current evidence based guidelines.

Access and Inclusion for all
Backyard Safety
Bikes and Tracks
Cubby Houses
Fencing and Playspaces
Impact Areas
Loose Parts
Mounds for Play
Moveable Play Equipment
Natural Playspace Checklist
Nature Play
Planning and Design
Playground Hazards
Playground Safety Checklist
Playground Safety Factsheet
Playground Surfacing
Portable Mats
Safe Play



Are you a family day care provider? Or perhaps you need a guide to what the playground stadnards are and what applies to your situation?

Australian Standards for Playgrounds

Family Day Care Guidelines