Time To Play!

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You may ask, if your school is considering updating its playground equipment, what would be the best equipment to purchase? This question is difficult to answer because every school has its own needs. What might work for one may not necessarily be the best option for another. This article will help you to consider the different options as early as possible in the play area purchasing process, so that you can achieve the best result for your school.

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What do most schools look for in playground equipment?

  1. The solution to the problem that children don’t have enough to do during their lunch break and end up with other issues like bullying.
  2. Encourage more voluntary physical activity and help to build strength, well-being and stamina.
  3. Exercise is important for students to improve circulation and classroom concentration
  4. Teaching staff have identified that children need to improve gross motor skills.
  5. Playing together with other children is a great way to help develop social skills in young children.
  6. Children do not interact with nature or natural play elements often enough. Find out more about what is available for Playgrounds Gloucester by visiting https://www.greenfieldsltd.co.uk/services/playgrounds-and-parks

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There are also other factors to take into consideration:

  1. What is the budget available? Are funds set aside or still being raised for the project?
  2. What are the requirements for maintaining the play area?
  3. Is the space available large and open or is it a small corner in between two buildings?
  4. How many children can use the equipment simultaneously?
  5. What is the age range? The design will depend on the age of the children.
  6. Will it be used by children with special needs? It is important to consider whether it will require an inclusive design.

What are the different types of school play equipment and which will meet the greatest needs?

  1. Playground equipment
  2. Individual play elements
  3. Natural play or any combination of the above

Individual Play is a separate play area that consists of climbing nets, spinning items and rock walls, for example. As a result, they take up more room and require larger soft-fall zones than traditional equipment so this might be a further consideration.

Natural Playscapes – also known as natural spaces – are becoming increasingly popular, with children and teachers wanting to engage with nature more. For the best results, these areas need careful planning and designing. However, encouraging play with natural elements such as logs, water and rocks is really exciting.

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