If you have never been involved in building a playground before then it can feel like there is a lot to take in. With this in mind we have created the Smarter Play Guide (see below), to help you understand the key elements involved.
Finding the money for a new playground can be difficult in a tight school budget. It is important that you are choosing the right playground for your children, as the right playground will last you a long time.
Some points you may like to consider:
Our online guide provides a good high level overview, but if you get in touch we can discuss your specific requirements in greater detail.
Children are often happy simply playing with a cardboard box, but well designed playground provides a much richer environment and increased benefits from their play.
Play - Play encourages social interaction, friendship and improves communication skills. It helps children to develop their gross and fine motor skills.
Health - Play activities are fun, enjoyable and relaxing. It releases pent up energy and stress, while encouraging children to express themselves. They take risks and enjoy the rewards of exploration, discovery and imagination.
Learning - Play inspires children to discover and explore ideas in a fun and enjoyable way.
Social - Play encourages social interaction, friendship and improves communication skills.
A park playground needs to cater for all ages, but with a school playground you are often designing for a narrower age range.
When designing a playground for a Primary School there is a vast difference is physical development between a 5 year old and 12 year old.
For ease of filtering, our online age categories are still fairly broad and it is usually better to speak with one of our Playground Designers about what would work best for your children and their abilities.
The total cost of your project will vary depending on three main elements; The nature of the site you have chosen, the type of playground equipment you would like and your choice of safety under surfacing.
The site of you playground can have a large impact on the cost of your project. Things that you may need to allow funds for include:
The Play Equipment - When choosing the right playground equipment there are a number of elements to consider:
The Safety Surface - A certified bark chip is the most common under surfacing in New Zealand, but there are also several other options include sand and various synthetic surfaces. We work with a number of partners to supply these as it is a very specialist area.
Choosing the right manufacturer is crucial to the success of your playground project. It needs to be someone you feel you can work with, trust and who will be around for the length of the warranty.