To design a school playground, you need to consider your outdoor space and the age range of the children.
Small areas can be made into physically active spaces using climbing walls and floor markings.
Daily Mile paths can be creatively designed to utilise unused outdoor spaces. Sensory gardens help stimulate creativity and imaginative play. Larger areas can accommodate trim trails, play dens and floor marking schemes and surfaces to fun areas for informal games.
Our design team at made2play can visit your site. We can help you create the best playground within your space. We can even help find funding.
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The UK Chief Medical Officer Guidelines1 recommend
"Pre-schoolers should spend at least 180 minutes (3 hours) per day in a variety of physical activities spread throughout the day, including active and outdoor play. More is better; the 180 minutes should include at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity."
"Children and young people should engage in moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity for an average of at least 60 minutes per day across the week. This can include all forms of activity such as physical education, active travel, after-school activities, play and sports.”
The report suggests activities should be spread throughout the day. And this is why the equipment and space in a school playground is so important. It must be appealing for children to want to play on. It can range from creating floor games such a hopscotch to net climbing frames and trim-trails.
There are many benefits to encouraging physical play.
All of these can promote a positive learning environment.UK Physical Activity Guidelines
There are several grant-funding organisations. A useful website isGrants4Schools
This has a grants database specially targeted for schools. It is updated daily. There are guides on how to write successful grant applications. We can help prepare and submit grant applications on your behalf. Email or telephone us to discuss further.