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Everything you need to know about playground equipment – answering your frequently asked questions

November 24, 2020

A new playground, especially a bespoke playground, is a large investment, so it is important to ensure that you have playground equipment that will bring the most value for many years to come. From see-saws and swings to springies and slides, the possibilities can be pretty overwhelming, but as experts in all things play we’re here to help, answering some of your frequently asked questions to tell you everything you need to know about playground equipment.

What is the most popular playground equipment?

Swings, slides and climbing frames are some of the most popular pieces of play equipment thanks to their appeal to children of all ages, from toddlers with their parents to young teens hanging out with their friends.

At Wicksteed, we manufacture a range of modular playground equipment that combines climbing frames of all sizes with slides, swings, bridges, tunnels, climbing poles and more to provide play, education and exercise opportunities in playgrounds of any size.

What is inclusive playground equipment?

Inclusive playground equipment ensures that all children, no matter their physical, mental or sensory needs, are provided for in your playground. This can include roundabouts that are suitable for wheelchair users, accessible ramps, sensory play panels, basket swings and open-sided sit in spring mobiles.

Why do we need inclusive playground equipment?

Whether in their local community or at school, no child should miss out on the opportunity to safely play and socialise with their friends and family. Outdoor play has not only been found to be crucial for both physical and mental development in early years, but it also helps to build social skills and relationships.

It is not enough just to have accessible play spaces, however; playgrounds must be inclusive, ensuring children with disabilities feel welcomed and accepted for them to truly have the same experiences as non-disabled children. Find out more here: https://wicksteed.co.uk/inclusive-play-equipment/ 

What makes a good playground?

A great playground is one that offers something for everyone, no matter their age or physical or mental abilities. The best playgrounds feature a wide range of play equipment that encourage children to be active, imaginative, curious and social while using bold colours and themed playground surfaces to create a fun and appealing look.

In public spaces, good playgrounds also include additional furniture such as benches, picnic tables, cycle racks and shades to ensure the whole family is catered for.

How can I make my school playground better?

There are several ways to incorporate learning and play to improve your school playground equipment. In primary schools, interactive play panels featuring games and activities can help children with problem-solving, counting and telling the time, and can even teach them some basic sign language!

For older children, electronic play systems such as our LearningACTIV and SportACTIV equipment can turn maths and PE lessons into fun interactive play.

How do you make playground equipment?

At Wicksteed, we make a wide range of both off-the-shelf and bespoke playground equipment. The manufacturing process begins with the design stage, where our team of expert in-house designers create concepts for equipment that suits all manner of budgets and size requirements.

Once the designs are finalised, all of our playground equipment is made in-house at our manufacturing facility in Kettering. We use the highest quality steel and wood to make our playground equipment, certified to BS EN ISO 9001:2000 standard for quality control. All of our metal equipment is treated using zinc metal thermal spray and covered with lead-free paint, while our wooden equipment is sustainably sourced.

We encourage all of our customers to tour our manufacturing facilities to find out more about the production of their products. Contact us today to book your tour.

With more than a century of experience, at Wicksteed we understand the importance of play, and therefore the importance of high-quality and durable playground equipment. Whether you are looking for some new equipment for your existing play area, or a full brand new, bespoke playground, get in touch to discuss your requirements.

Written by: Chris Rogers
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