Choose the Right Playground Equipment For Your School
Greenfield Leisure manufactures and installs school playground equipment, wooden trim trails, outdoor play equipment, shade sails, playground markings, school indoor furniture and much more. When it comes to playground equipment there are a myriad of different items, apparatus and trails that you can choose from. What it boils down to is the available space, the age of the children and your budget. Once you have determined what your school playground can handle in terms of size and type of equipment you can then go ahead and choose from a selection of units.
As smaller children need lower and smaller equipment, there are items such as sensory areas, wooden sculptures and adventure playgrounds that would suit younger children, whereas older kids would be more suited to trim trails and fitness trails as they require more strength and coordination to get around them and be safe on them. When you have a mix of ages of children, then you will have to select a mixture of playground equipment to suit.
Children adore playing and if you can utilise their mischievous minds and inspired imaginations through the medium of play, then they can not only learn new things and ideas but find out ways of how to deal with obstacles and hurdles from the specially-made playground equipment.
Encourage Children’s Development With Playground Equipment
Playground equipment needn’t have to be seen as a large expense. It’s not just for playing on at lunch and break times but it stops children from getting into trouble. For schools that don’t have trim trails or outdoor play areas, the children will be bored and will be more tempted to push the boundaries of what is right and wrong. If they have something to do, their behaviour will be more focused on the task in hand and therefore will be more favourable throughout the day.
As you can see, the playground equipment is not just for show and as it encourages the kids to hang around in a focused part of the playground, it’s easier for the teachers and break monitors to keep an eye and keep track of what is going on.
If the children have something to hone their hand-eye coordination with and have something that is not only physically but mentally challenging, then you will have much happier, healthier and fitter children. Getting their heart rates up during break time will bring new, fresh oxygen to their bodies and they will be more switched on for the rest of the day, and it’s all thanks to the playground equipment.
Ensure the Playground Equipment is Safe to Use
Playground equipment needs to be sturdy, durable and last for a long time as hundreds of kids are going to be hanging off it, playing on, in and around it, and generally giving it a hard time. That’s why strong and thick wood or plastic is used to withstand the abuse, but it’s best to make sure that it won’t harm the children and won’t fall over.
To do this, it’s important to buy the best playground equipment your school can afford, and ones that have been tried and tested by many before you.
Adding safety surfaces that absorb children’s falls or slips, and making sure they are protected by the UV rays of the sun with shade sails is a great way of ensuring that they are safe and sound when they use the playground equipment.