Saskatchewan

North Central daycare gets nature inspired outdoor playground

A daycare in Regina's North Central neighbourhood celebrated the opening of new outdoor place space Tuesday. The playground at Little Souls Daycare gives its kids a safe place to play outdoors. It also encourages them to interact with nature and learn organically.

New outdoor playground at Little Souls Daycare has balance beams, tree stumps and flower beds

The new playground at Little Souls Daycare in Regina's North Central neighbourhood encourages kids to interact with nature and to learn more organically. (CBC )

Children at a daycare in Regina's North Central neighbourhood now have a safe place to play outside and new environment that encourages them to interact with nature and learn in a more organic way.

Children who attend Little Souls Daycare, their parents and instructors gathered at Dean Smith Youth Centre at noon on Tuesday for a barbecue to celebrate the opening of a new playground.

Little Souls Daycare is run by Soul's Harbour Rescue Mission, an inner city mission located in Regina.

The new playground overlooks the downtown skyline and has room for 60 kids. Right now, the daycare takes care of 50 children.

"I think it is going to provide a really unique space for the children and the community," said Patty Humphreys, marketing manager for Soul's Harbour Rescue Mission.

Patty Humphreys, marketing manager for Souls Harbour Rescue Mission, says there was a great need for this outdoor play space at the daycare. (CBC)

The 4500 square foot outdoor play and learning space at the daycare has been landscaped and designed to further children's social-emotional, intellectual, and spiritual development.

The playground is based on the play and exploration model Humphreys said. This means instead of monkey bars and swings, kids can play on and interact with balance beams, tree stumps and flower beds.

Humphreys said this model allows for children to "get in touch with nature and have a more organic experience in an urban setting."

The new playground gives kids at the daycare a safe place outside to play and explore. (CBC )

A safe place to play outdoors

The daycare is right across from Dewdney Park. Before this new outdoor play space was built, if instructors wanted to take kids outside, it is where they would bring them.

"There isn't a good space there for the children to just kind of explore," Humphreys said. She said it is not the safest place.

Plans to build this outdoor space were in the works for a few months. It took two weeks to build.

The new space was funded by The Co-operators.