20 years ago, the school playgrounds of Berlin were un-remarkable areas of tarmac and mown grass, similar to many Scottish schools today. In response to growing playground violence, the City of Berlin undertook a radical programme of re-design and now its schools are famous internationally for their approach to play, outdoor learning, connecting children with nature and empowering children to become effective risk managers. You can see a wide range of images and find out more about the design approach and philosophy in the Grounds for Learning series of Berlin case studies here.
Grounds for Learning can offer a limited number of free places on a 4-day study tour to Berlin in June for senior Local Authority officers and others in a position to influence play opportunities and environments within school estates. Priority will be given to school rather than early years applicants.
There is more information on the Grounds For Learning website.