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A Parent’s Guide to Backyard Play

Kidsafe WA, with the support of the Department of Health WA, is excited to launch its latest resource, A Parent’s Guide to Backyard Play. This guide provides parents and carers with information on common injuries that can happen to children in the backyard and how to create backyard play environments that are safe and fun for everyone.

Play is an essential part of childhood that provides children with a range of physical and cognitive benefits. Providing creative outdoor play environments in backyards allows children to grow and develop new skills in a safe environment. While it’s great to get children outdoors, it’s essential to think about their safety and how to reduce their risk of serious injury.

Many childhood injuries occur in and around the home environment, with most occurring in children under the age of five. The backyard or garden area is the most common location within the home where childhood injuries occur. Most injuries that happen in the backyard are caused by falls, often from play equipment onto hard surfaces.

A Parent’s Guide to Backyard Play provides parents and carers with practical safety tips to reduce the risk of injury to children in the backyard. Topics include common play equipment such as slides, swings, monkey bars, and trampolines, along with other backyard hazards, such as garage and shed safety, poisonous plants, water safety, and animal safety.

You can download a copy or pre-order printed copies through the online shop (available in late May). Check out our resources page for other guides, fact sheets, and more.

For more information, please get in touch with or call (08) 6244 4887.

To learn more about our latest guide, join Kidsafe WA for our upcoming webinar, A Parent’s Guide to Backyard Play: Nature Play and Safe Backyards.

This interactive webinar outlines easy and practical ways to incorporate Nature Play into your backyard, as well as simple tips to keep your backyard safe for young children.

If you can’t make it on the day, sign up, and we will send through the recording once the webinar has finished!

Time: 10am-11am AWST
Date: 12/06/24
Where: Teams

This webinar is best suited for parents, carers and guardians of young children and Family Day Care educators.