Encouraging healthy minds and bodies

News Update 29 August 2023

A new free event series aimed at children aged 5 to 12 years is encouraging kids and their parents to immerse themselves in play.

Running until the end of 2023, the sessions take place every month in Neil McDougall Park in Como.

Jonny Neen, a qualified teacher and playwork professional is the brains behind the project and will facilitate each session.

Mr Neen explained that Loose Parts Play invites each child to decide how they play and what they decide to do with the materials on offer. As well as being a physical activity, the children get very creative, they solve problems and use communication skills.

Mr Neen said Loose Parts Play supports children’s right to play as stated in Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child; and above all else it is a lot of fun, supporting their wellbeing and resilience. 

“I grew up in Wales in the 1980s and 90s. Back then children had the kind of time, space and permission to play that can’t be taken for granted these days,” Mr Neen said.

“I believe that play is vastly undervalued in today’s society. I want to help create rich play opportunities for children through provision and advocacy. I also want to inspire professionals to implement a child-centred approach to play.

“I have worked with children across three continents, and I have two of my own. I am a qualified teacher, playworker, and playwork trainer and assessor. I am also currently undertaking PhD research into children’s play opportunities in communities in Western Australia.”

The City is supporting this event series through a $4,900 contribution from its Community Development Grant program.

To register and find out more visit Eventbrite.