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 The anti-cotton wool schools
 Posted: Jul 21 2018, 09:15 AM

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The anti-cotton wool schools where kids stare down risk in favour of nature play
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Old plastic crates and DIY obstacle courses are the hot ticket at West Greenwood Primary School.

Far from wrapping children in cotton wool, a growing number of WA public schools are doing the opposite, giving their students the opportunity to race around on rollerblades, fly off ramps in crates and slide down trees.

They are setting aside injury concerns to help children build resilience and squeeze in much-needed physical activity, in an age where screen time dominates and where one in four children is either overweight or obese.

Schools that have adopted the so-called "anti-cotton wool" approach cite a long list of benefits to the approach, which result in happier and healthier students able to play more creatively and cooperatively.

They say the children are more switched on in class after exhausting all of their energy in the playground.

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When I look at what risks are considered safe for children by today's standards, it's a miracle any of us survived childhood, eh?

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 Posted: Jul 21 2018, 09:32 AM


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I am glad to see some sense with regard to children’s play and safety. The grandies are following in their parents’ footsteps, I’m pleased to say. Unfortunately, our litigious society will probably put a stop to this type of opportunity in all public schools and areas.

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 Posted: Jul 21 2018, 10:09 AM

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Yes, good to see a bit of common sense coming back.

Hopefully the bloody do gooders don't put a stop to it.

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