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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.

Contact us for an informal, no obligation free site visit.

Why does my school need a Playground?

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.

  • Builds confidence and social skills
  • Develops coordination
  • Improves concentration and learning
  • Strengthens muscles and bones
  • Improves health and fitness
  • Maintains a healthy weight
  • Improves sleep
  • Makes you feel good.

All of these can promote a positive learning environment.

UK Physical Activity Guidelines
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How do I find funding for a school playground?

There are several grant-funding organisations. A useful website is

Grants4Schools

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.

How school play is changing with Covid-19.

We know play improves the mental health of children1. Covid-19 restrictions have greatly reduced access to both playgrounds and interaction with other children. This is a major concern. So how can we help improve this? UK Government guidelines state that "outdoor equipment should not be used unless the setting is able to ensure that it is appropriately cleaned between groups of children and young people using it, and that multiple groups do not use it simultaneously." This impacts on the type of equipment and its access.

We can survey your playground and suggest how the layout could be redesigned to include for example, sanitiser pods, wash stations, walkways, social distancing, bins etc. In this way, we can create the space and equipment to allow children to play at school.

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