School play areas are one of the few outdoor spaces that are available for children. For many pupils, who do not have access to a garden or live near a park, school grounds are probably one of the few areas that they can play in safety. We believe that learning and playing outside are essential to every child's development and by improving outdoor spaces in education we can make a real difference.
Pembrokeshire County Council is committed to the ongoing development of school grounds to provide natural spaces that provide opportunities for children to develop their academic, social and physical skills to reach their full potential through active participation. Grounds are being transformed and are managed as high quality environments for the benefit of children's learning and development, whilst providing an asset for the whole school community. The variety of activity in the playground and playing fields is as diverse as the differing needs of children of different ages and interests and there have been a number of exciting and innovative developments often using natural and locally sourced products.
Pupils are encouraged to think about how their grounds are used, and what they would do to make them more stimulating and enjoyable places in which to relax, learn and grow.
As well as encouraging ownership and participation, the developments help the whole school to think about their grounds’ sustainability as well as providing more opportunities to learn about sustainable development.
In conjunction with schools, the development of the outdoor areas for learning has been financially supported with capital investment by Pembrokeshire County Council, Wales Assembly Government, the Sustainable Development Fund, (administered by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority), the Countryside Council for Wales and the Forestry Commission Wales and Education Services is grateful for the support of many partners including:- The National Botanic Garden of Wales, The Prince’s Trust, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Rangers; South & West Wales Wildlife Trust, Pembrokeshire Biodiversity Partnership private sector support and partnership.