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Outdoor playground isn’t just fun — it is vital to children’s health and well-being


On 21th of May 2019, Sekolah Victory Plus (SVP) will officially soft open our Outdoor Learning Centre ( OLC) – the most comprehensive outdoor facility in Indonesia. Our expert team have worked extremely hard to design a leading 21st century facility that will provide the ECE and Primary students in particular with the opportunities many schools around the world can only dream of providing. We are super excited to launch the centre and the SVP parents can be reassured their children will have a unique experience no other school in Indonesia can offer.

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What are the benefits of Play on Child Development in Outdoor Learning Center (OLC)?

The gurgling of the small river flowing down the rocks and added to the cool breeze OLC playground area provides, coupled with the lively joyful laughter of the SVP students who are playing and studying in this unique place … truly something amazing…..
The Outdoor play in natural supports the holistic development of children: physical, social/emotional, cognitive, and spiritual. Play is vital to the holistic physical and mental health development of children.

Behaviors associated with play connect to the development of the whole child functional play leads to physical development; social and dramatic play are linked to the social/emotional development.

Physical Development

Playgrounds are great places to develop physical gross motor skills: climbing, sliding, swinging, running, crawling, and balancing. According to Fjortoft, the children who used the “forest as a playscape performed better in motor skills than the traditional playground.” In the woodlands setting, the natural playscape provides children with an increased ability to balance and demonstrate their coordination.

Social/Emotional Development

Social-emotional development is the building of positive relationships, expression of emotions, and self-regulation. Critical elements in social-emotional development include a sense of belonging, inclusiveness, risk taking, and being passionate.

In order to provide an environment that promotes the development of the child’s social emotional domain we must focus on areas in which group play or social interactions can occur.

Through play children learn to share, cooperate, respect others ideas, and express their own ideas, feelings and needs.

Research has found that these aspects of social-emotional development in children are best supported using materials and activities that are open-ended, varied, and unstructured. If the environment is “fun, peaceful and welcoming, and children are feeling emotionally safe, their interest in play and physical activity will undoubtedly increase.” Outdoor activities provide valuable alternative, often non-competitive, avenues for achievement, as well as opportunities to develop independence and self-reliance. Through successfully facing up to the challenges which outdoor activities provide, overcoming fears and apprehensions along the way, children make major strides in confidence, with implications for all aspects of their development.

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Cognitive Development

Cognitive development is the child’s knowledge of his/her world in relation to language, numbers, problem solving, spatial relationships, and critical thinking through their investigation and exploration of objects and of their environment. Children learn through play while they “discover, explore and develop an understanding of the environment around them.”

We must provide and encourage active play of our children so that they can move physically, interact socially, and develop cognitive skills of problem solving, and creativity. Providing open-ended materials to young children allows them to stimulate their imaginations to explore and be inventive, and become flexible thinkers and better playmates.

The outdoor environment;

“should engage children’s curiosity, stimulate their imaginations, invite exploration, and support their developing competencies…sand, water, soil, and plants provide settings for open-ended play that emphasizes unstructured creative exploration with diverse materials.”

Using areas such as gardens, forests, sandpits, and construction areas can encourage science, math, social studies, art, and language learning. Observing the insects, birds, or plants can provide exploratory learning experiences.

Spiritual Development

Spiritual development links closely with physical, cognitive and social-emotional development.

“The spiritual aspect of the environment reveals the wonder and beauty of the natural world…Children’s curiosity and desire to appreciate and understand their world stimulate ongoing investigations of naturally occurring phenomena.”

In the outdoors, these natural phenomena of plants, clouds, sand, shadows, or puddles bring awareness of their environment and the need to protect and care for these living environments. If a child was to grow plants or care for animals outdoors, they learn to be responsible and respectful of living things. Educators can create learning opportunities that promote care for the environment and nature and hopefully these children will become advocates for the care and protection of our world; and this is exactly what the Outdoor Learning Center provides for students in our school.

“Carefully planned environments can provoke children’s appreciation of the beauty of their natural world, foster their curiosity about their surroundings and ignite their imaginations”

Children learn to respect, interact, and care for their environments by being immersed in imaginative play areas that include plants, trees, logs, and other naturally occurring element helps children to see themselves in a global context and helps to develop citizens with an awareness of the need for sustainable use of the world’s natural resources.. Children can be physically active while learning, socializing, cooperating, communicating, exploring and interacting with natural elements in the playscape.

The Outdoor Learning Centre at SVP provides a natural world experience in the heart of Bekasi.


Taken from : Shelley Ethier B.Ed., University of Victoria , Edited by HDK  & Steven T



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