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Creating the perfect school playground

January 23, 2020

There are several factors that you will need to consider when planning the perfect school playground. You might be looking for small scale equipment for younger children or a ballcourt for a larger senior school games area. Before looking into school play equipment however it is always best to have a clear picture of the space you have available and your budget.

Importance of play in the school environment

Play is integral for a child’s development and can improve cognitive ability and problem-solving skills. Play is also a great way to get children more creative, so the benefits of getting outdoors at break time go far beyond health and fitness! Playing outdoors on school playground equipment enables children to build essential communication that will also serve them well in the classroom.

Smaller Spaces

Wicksteed offers a fantastic range of school playground products that are guaranteed to liven up even the smallest of outdoor spaces. For smaller school playgrounds it’s important to maximise your space. Use of educational play panels or smaller trim trail items can add lots of play value with little need for huge amounts of space. Children can learn through play with our caterpillar counter panel or have fun in groups with the Simon Says interactive panel. Check out the Toddler section of the Wicksteed website for more info about these products and many more.

Simon Says Play Panel
Simple Simon interactive play panel

Larger School Playgrounds

When looking at play products for larger playgrounds it’s important to remember that you will need surfacing for any bigger pieces of equipment such as multi-play units, see-saws and swings. Wicksteed offers an array of safety surfacing types to suit any outdoor space. These include wet pour, safety grass, bonded rubber mulch and safety tiles.

For larger play areas it’s good to have a clear picture of what kind of material suits the site best. For more natural areas, timber products such as our range of timber play ships and climbers work well. For high traffic areas prone to the elements it may be best to look at some steel options like our Castle and Cloud Multi-Play ranges.

As children get older they seek to play on more challenging pieces of play equipment. Pushing the boundaries with a real sense of adventure in your playground can make all the difference between boredom and enjoyment.

Pick up sticks timber climber
Timber climbing frames for schools

Inclusive and Sensory Play

At Wicksteed we are firm believers that play should be for all. Our sensory and inclusive play products provide fun, education and challenge for children of all abilities. Sensory play is a vital ingredient in any good play area and incorporating a good mixture of textures, sounds and experiences will guarantee enjoyment for all.

Sensory play water
Sand and water play for school play areas.

Bespoke Play Products

Our in house UK production facility allows us to offer a range of bespoke products for your school playground. Wicksteed is the only company in the UK that can produce bespoke solutions at our manufacturing facility in the UK thanks to our new CNC Router. School names, badges and mottos are a small sample of the things we can add to our play products. Ask us more about our bespoke play product facilities.

UK manufacturing base

Being a UK manufacturer means that our customers spend less time waiting and more time playing. We are one of the only play companies to offer full aftercare service to all of our customers and all parts and spares are held at our headquarters in Kettering.

To get a free consultation and free design for your school contact us today!


Written by: Andy Prentice
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