Early Learning Playground Design Considerations

Early Learning Playground Design Considerations

Safe Play Australia has been supplying FORPARK AUSTRALIA play equipment and outdoor furniture to pre-schools, kindergartens and child care centres across Victoria since 1993. Our consultants can design playgrounds suitable for infants, toddlers and juniors, or any combination of these age groups. A range of activities aimed at developing gross motor skills, spatial awareness, balance and coordination, cross patterning, and increasing upper body and lower body strength are utilised.

Play and recreation are a vital component in child development. A well-planned outdoor play area not only provides a great place to play but also encourages social interaction, creativity and physical skills development. We need to provide as many play opportunities as we can for all children.

Because children have a range of interests and abilities they may play in different ways at different times. Ideally, a range of play areas for both boys and girls of different ages should be provided.

Children should be encouraged to participate in play activities that are both stimulating and challenging within a safe environment. Play activities that aid in developing children's upper and lower body strength, cross patterning skills, balance and general coordination as well as imaginative play can be easily incorporated in most playground designs.

A well-planned play area can be effective in motivating the children to actively participate in outdoor play - because it's fun.

Key issues to consider when planning a pre-school playground include:
• Available area
• Budget
• Age group
• Safety Under-surfacing
• Maintenance
• Australian Standards
• Shade
• Teacher/parent consultation.

We can assist you in all of these areas when assessing early learning playground requirements.

SafePlay understand that pre-school playgrounds are important. We have the knowledge and experience to design play areas to suit the children's age and physical development and to fit in to budget and landscape requirements. SafePlay offer a free design service and with our sound knowledge of Australian Standards we ensure that the playground equipment is adventurous and challenging, yet safe, practical, functional and fun.

Most importantly, a pre-school playground should be effective in motivating children to actively participate in outdoor play – because it's fun.

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