Nature play for Poonindie

Poonindie Community Learning Centre will receive almost $15,000 in federal grant funds for new playground equipment.

Poonindie learning centre was successful in obtaining the funding through the Local School Community Program.

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey made the announcement last week, and congratulated all the schools that received grants in his electorate.

The funding can go toward a number of projects from purchasing technology, music projects, shade structures and getting new furniture.

Poonindie school principal Sally Cormack said they received $14,840 that would go towards developing a nature play area at the learning centre.

"We're very appreciative, it's a great help to get any funding," she said.

"We are going to use money for a nature play area.

"It's been in the pipeline since last year...I think it's really important that staff and students understand what we're trying to do here."

Ms Cormack said the staff are passionate about the plan and students are already helping with the planning process by voting on their favourite ideas.

She said the nature play area could include things such as a creek with water running through, a bridge, and circular seating options such as logs.

"We can be quite resourceful around this...I've brought some fresh ideas into the school from other nature play areas in other schools," she said.

She said the benefits of nature play were really important for children's development, and the school also wanted to incorporate their focus of improving writing skills into the nature play elements.

Ms Cormack said South Australian children spend 4.5 hours a day on technology, which exceeds the national average by half an hour.

She said nature play can stimulate children's immune systems and imagination, they are more physically active, more resistant to stress, and have a higher measure of self worth.

"Bullying behaviour can also be reduced," she said.

Ms Cormack said a sub-committee had been formed, with a mother of a student really passionate to be involved.

She said they intend to have the plan done during the first term and be ready to "rock and roll" on construction by the school holidays.