Tips on Choosing the Right Play Equipment for Your Playground
At Adventure Climbing Frames we understand that so much of a child's play and interaction occurs in school, and so its important to deliver a valuable experience for all ages and abilities, creating imaginative environments that encourage children to get involved.
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Climbing Frames for Schools in Ireland
Some of the benefits of playground equipment include -
- a boost in attendance, attention and attainment,
- contribute to lesson planning- drawing on children’s playfulness and curiosity.
At Adventure Climbing Frames we're interested in your project, and no project will ever be too big or too small - and if you needs or a little creativity boost, then we're the specialists.
SCHOOL PLAYGROUND IDEAS
1. be eye-catching and bold
Grab their attention and encourage them to get stuck in.
2. themes aren't just for them parks
a nice pirate's boat, train or castle will have their imaginations running wild.
3. having fun in the sun
lessons in the great outdoors on or around the climbing frame or play equipment can be a fantastic way to light up the morning or afternoon.
PLAYGROUND IDEAS FOR NURSERY’S
Be mindful of the goldilocks effect where you have to properly gauge the capabilities of your kids. If its too advanced it won't interest them and if its too easy or below their capabilities equally they will quick lose interest.
PLAYGROUND IDEAS FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLS
Whether you’re looking to boost the behaviour of primary school children, improve their communication skills, or simply looking to improve break times for students and staff alike, we have just the solution for you!
The way it works is simple; we start with a brief (including exactly what you’re hoping to achieve and any initial ideas that you have). This brief is then passed on to the creative team who will be carrying out the build of your playground equipment.
HOW TO DESIGN A SCHOOL PLAYGROUND?
Wherever you're at the first step is to make contact. From there we can have a quick chat and better understand the direction that you want to go in, and help to transform your current play area into something new and exciting.
CREATE A PLAN
If need be, we can assist you with the planning of your new playground, ensuring that you achieve the best possible outcomes.
We will work with you to meet your exact criteria, combining our own ideas with the ideas that you put down on paper.
In terms of design, your school playground is only as complicated as you make it.
Here’s what we suggest when creating a stimulating environment for children to learn through play and to release their energy:
Playground Equipment for Schools in Ireland
ENCOURAGE CHILDREN TO PLAY
Use a wide range of equipment that is guaranteed to match the requirements of all children and try to keep each apparatus accessible. Make sure that there is a pavement to get to the equipment; the last thing you want for children to have to do is to go through a quagmire to get there!
AN ELEMENT OF DISCOVERY
Something as simple as a climbing tower can provide a challenge for all ages and abilities, allowing them to set themselves achievable targets.
Try dividing the playground up into sections; each one offering something unique and intriguing. Our Adventure Trails, like the Mound and Tunnel, are perfect if you’re looking to encourage exploration from a young age, they provide a unique way to travel between the different areas in the playground.
MAKE IT CHALLENGING
Who’s to say that your school playground cannot push boundaries? Our play units are not only designed to be challenging but can boost the self-confidence of the risk takers.
From our extensive range of equipment, there are several ways that you can design your playground to be inspiring, consider the addition of climbing frames, up and overs and zip wires!
CREATE A QUIET SPACE
Some children are less outgoing than their classmates and like to sit outside and watch until they build up the courage to get involved. To ensure that these students don’t miss out, we suggest incorporating a quiet area within your playground that can provide a sense of comfort and security.
ACCOMMODATE FOR EVERYONE
A well-designed school playground will allow you to attract the attention of all children. When designing your playground, think about discussing ideas with parents and children to gain an insight into what they are looking for and what they’ll appreciate.
Make sure that you choose equipment for your playground that blends seamlessly with the environment- this will allow for a more professional look and feel.
IMPORTANCE OF SCHOOL PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT School Playground Equipment can often make the difference between a good playground and a great playground- can you afford not to get it right?
CHILD DEVELOPMENT- Believe it or not, playground equipment can impact on children’s ability to learn and is often key to physical, mental, intellectual and social development which ultimately makes it just as important as classroom learning.
Another reason why you need to find a suitable apparatus is to enable children to build relationships with their classmates and to develop skills by working as part of a team.
OUTDOOR PLAY- Over recent years, outdoor play has become an integral part of the school day and is incorporated into the curriculum for Early Years. To encourage children to concentrate and to put things into perspective, outdoor play is a relatively new initiative that makes learning fun and engaging for individuals, ensuring that they all have the opportunity to learn new skills.
The right equipment can also be linked to cognitive development and promoting healthy living among young children. As a result of exercise building muscle, strength and coordination, it’s no surprise that increasingly more nursery’s and schools are investing in playground equipment! With challenges such as Childhood Obesity, the addition of new, innovative equipment could encourage children to be more active and to spend more time outdoors.
HEALTH- Releasing energy and burning it off is just one of the reasons why many schools have already chosen to upgrade their playground facilities, however, there are also health benefits associated with outdoor play.
Playground equipment is an important aspect when it comes to the school curriculum, and we will be on hand to provide you with any advice or support that you require when it comes to designing a playground that suits the demands of all students.
HOW MUCH DOES A SCHOOL PLAYGROUND COST?
Putting a price on a school playground is difficult because no two playgrounds are ever the same! There are several factors that determine the cost of your school playground including the following:
Equipment Depending on the type of equipment that you choose from Setter Play, our play units are each priced affordably, offering something unique and suitable for nursery children and primary school children.
You need to think about how many children will be using the equipment at a given time and ensure that it suits their cognitive strength and ability.
Location Think about where the playground equipment is going to be installed; is it easily accessible? Can parents, guardians and members of staff supervise children?
Some of the equipment that we supply requires safety surfacing to prevent the risk of injury. This surface provides additional bounce and is easy to maintain.
Space Remember to consider where the apparatus will go; try to keep them spread out to prevent congestion and collisions. Make sure that there is enough space for the proposed plan; this will prevent you from overspending or not utilising all of the space that you have available.
Installation When designing a school playground, you’ll find it easier to follow a plan with clear instructions. Your plan should include thorough detail to make sure that you have every aspect covered, including basic site preparation and installation of equipment.
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