Creating a Safe Play Environment For Children

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Brighten Their Day With a Space That’s All About Fun

When it comes to creating a children’s play area, you need to balance fun and safety. Luckily, that’s not as hard as it sounds.
The start of term is just around the corner, and that means keeping a whole new group of children entertained. Gone are the days where little ones would just amuse themselves in a concrete school yard. Now we put a real emphasis on playtime. Play is one of the best ways for children to learn, and creating a safe, fun environment for them to unwind in between lessons will really enrich their day. If you are going to be working on building a school play area, here’s everything you need to know about making the space suitable for kids.

Pick the right spot
It’s important to choose a suitable location for the play area. It needs to be somewhere that’s easy to observe, in case of any accidents or playground squabbles. You’ll also need to make sure that there is only one way in and out – and that it’s not near any gates or doors that lead to the road or street. A secluded area leading directly from a classroom is ideal. Work with the school team to create a space that flows seamlessly from the building but has kid-proof boundaries.

Add some artificial turf
Some artificial grass is a great addition to a play area. Make sure that you source yours from a company who specialise in artificial grass for schools, as they will have the right materials so that it can be installed with safety in mind. When an artificial lawn is paired with a foam underlay, it will protect children in accordance with the Head Impact Criteria (HIC). So you could even use it to create a football pitch. It’s super low maintenance too, as it doesn’t need cutting or watering.

Encourage physical activity
It’s important that kids get physically active each day, so try and incorporate that into your play area. A slide, climbing frame or monkey bars are great additions to a space if you have the room to construct them. It’s vital that these are built safely, so be sure to always run your plans by the relevant authorities and work closely with teachers to create something that’s easy for them to navigate too.

Take inspiration from the past
Traditional playground games can still play a part in a play area, providing that you’ve done all that you can to make it free of dangers like trip hazards and hard ground beforehand. Something like a hopscotch area is something that’s easy to factor into your design scheme from the beginning. So reassure teachers that it’s fine to take inspiration from the games that they loved as children.

Have an indoor alternative
Sometimes, inclement weather will prevent children being able to play safely. If you can, try to help school staff identify space for a play area indoors too. Artificial grass works just as well inside and will be a great way of bringing the outdoors in on a cold, wet day. Once your work is done teachers can add bean bags and some board games, and kids will be able to enjoy themselves safely when the weather isn’t playing ball.

Give your pupils the play area they deserve
Safety always needs to come first in a school, but that doesn’t mean that you have to scrimp on the fun factor. With the addition of an artificial lawn and things for kids to play with and play on, you can turn a neglected area of a school into a safe play space that will bring joy to the littlest student’s day.

 

Creating a Safe Play Environment For Children

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