Play - The essence of childhood. The foundation of learning. The language of friendships.

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About Us

Straight Zigzag is a service for childhood development, surrounded by the core value of PLAY.  Real play. Play in the way that the environment cues the child’s imagination to create new ideas, themes, stories, movements and develop new skills.  While moving with the times and acknowledging the changing world we urge parents to foster traditional play experiences for their children by making use of:

  • Masterful toys produced locally and abroad
  • Endorsed play spaces
  • Scientific knowledge about development
  • Toy sharing opportunities, and
  • Supporting non-profit organisations that foster a play experience in poorer communities

The concept of Straight Zigzag embodies the idea that not all children fit into the mould that society expects of them.  While all children will eventually need to fit into society, by providing the right challenges we can assist them to fit in in their own unique way, rather than force them to be straightened out  into yet another linear replica of what someone else thinks they should be.  We aim to provide developmental challenges for typically developing as well as special needs children.


 Our Team:

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Karen Powell

Senior Managing Partner and Occupational Therapist

With a Masters degree in Paediatric Occupational Therapy and a special interest in early intervention, Karen is an expert in her field. She has developed a special interest in PLAY and how this critical basis for learning and development is being neglected in our technological age. Karen has completed her training in Sensory Integration.  


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Alex Powell

Senior Managing Partner

With a Bachelor’s and two Honours degrees in civil engineering, Alex is the financial and business mind behind the scenes.