Is your school playground starting to look a little drab and dated?
Whether you’re planning on upgrading the yard completely or simply investing in some new school playground equipment, it can bring countless advantages for both the pupils and staff. However, it is often a major project that requires a lot of planning and there are several factors you must take into consideration before you get the ball rolling.
Here we take a look at four of the most important things to bear in mind when upgrading the schoolyard.
- How will you fund the new playground?
Of course, it depends on the size of the play area and the type of equipment you wish to install, but a new playground carries a significant price tag. Before you rush into anything, it’s worth checking out what funding options are available for your school and, if necessary, sourcing additional funds from grants.
You might also consider raising money through fundraising events, like cake sales and sponsored activities to see if any local businesses or people in the community are willing to donate.
- Who will be using the school playground equipment?
Whilst the most obvious answer is the pupils, you need to think very carefully about their needs when upgrading the playground.
Yes, the playground needs to be accessible and provide opportunities for children of all ages and abilities but you also want to consider their interests and what school playground equipment will be oodles of fun and aid their development at the same time. For example, some pupils might enjoy messy play whereas others love climbing and using their imagination. And older students might be desperate for sports markings so they can have a kick about or play netball.
- What do you want new equipment for?
School playgrounds are multifunctional these days. They can be used at break and lunch, as outdoor classrooms, for PE lessons or outdoor eating areas. They can also be used for interschool sports competitions and fayres.
Deciding what you want your playground to be used for will help you to choose which playground equipment you add. For example, could you do with a couple of extra picnic benches so children with packed lunches can sit outside? Or are you keen to create an outdoor classroom that enriches the curriculum whilst freeing up space in the school building? Maybe a MUGA (multi-use games area) would be beneficial for the PE department who are often limited to the dining hall?
- Who will install your exciting playground?
This is perhaps one of the most important decisions you will need to make as it will have a dramatic impact on the finished project.
Ideally, you want to choose a contractor that has vast experience working with schools and other educational establishments. Take Setter Play, for instance. They have been working with schools, local authorities and child psychologists to design school playground equipment that is engaging for children and assists their development for more than two decades.
Their team would love to hear your ideas and arrange a consultation to discuss these in more detail to help you design the best playground for your students. What’s more, they can create bespoke playground equipment to suit the needs of your pupils and the surroundings and will ensure that it is expertly installed and safe to use.
To find out more about how Setter Play can help you to upgrade your school play area, give them a call on 01462 817 538.