8) Fact Sheets

The DfE outdoor learning environments standard details the minimum and recommended standards for creating and maintaining an outdoor learning environment (OLE) for schools and preschools that provides children with optimal learning opportunities.


The development of OLEs must provide balanced environments which instil a sense of wonder, generate curiosity and spark the imagination of children and young people. The purpose of this standard is to provide the minimum requirements and processes for creating and maintaining an OLE at education facilities. A strong focus has been placed on providing children and young people with optimal learning opportunities that foster a connection to and inspire respect for the environment while allowing children and young people to develop risk taking skills and improving their confidence, health and wellbeing.




Play Australia: Planning for Safe Outdoor Play in Children’s Services


The purposed of this document is to provide current information on the importance of play in early childhood environments and the relevant Australian Standards as pertinent to outdoor play.