Tips to Keep Kids Healthy and Safe on the School Playground

It can be difficult to know how to keep kids healthy, happy and safe when running around, jumping and playing on the school playground. Luckily, The School Playground Company, has some ideas of how you can best help your kids this year.

Staying Active

We all know that keeping kids active is crucial for healthy development and enjoyment of school. Expending energy through active play helps young people stay in shape, develop coordination skills, and stay focused in class.

Active play equipment for clambering, jumping, and balancing is a great way to get the whole body moving! Our active play range of includes a collection of outdoor play equipment including: trim trails, climbing towers, and play frames. These are all professionally and reliably installed with options for maintenance on your schedule, with safety mats mandatory to protect children even further.

Structured team and individual sports improves communication and teamwork as well as acting on the whole body. Our Multi Use Games Areas (MUGAs) are a great space to experiment with sport in a new way and discover their skills and importantly to keep kids healthy.

Image of a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA). This includes a white football or hockey net, a white and red basketball hoop above it, and markings in white and blue to various other sports, all surrounded by a blue fence

Our outdoor gym equipment, suitable to promote exercise for KS1 and KS2 children, puts focus on balance and coordination development. We encourage schools to mix-and-match their choices of kids’ gym equipment to create a varied space for fun and active exercise.

The Daily Mile is an international campaign to keep kids active. Running or jogging for 15 minutes a day is a simple, safe way to improve children’s health through aerobic activity. You can easily sign your school up to join in. Also, our Daily Mile track playground markings and surfacing can help you prepare to get kids moving!

Image of black and white coloured playground markings for a Daily Mile running track on grey paving. One arrow points forwards towards a checked line marked ‘FINISH’ while another arrow points to the words ‘another lap’ written along the track line marked by other arrows

Inclusive Play

Keeping kids healthy and safe means considering all children. Therefore, we are proud to focus on providing inclusive playground equipment for all kids to play and have fun safely.

Safe spaces for children with ‘invisible disabilities’ should be designed to limit over and under-stimulation because this can be an issue on the school playground. Inclusive playground equipment with an emphasis on sensory play needs of children of all ages. This includes bright coloured equipment; tactile, sensory play panels; musical play areas; and quiet areas for a more controlled environment.

Extra safety protection is important to protect children with reduced mobility, but all children can benefit from safe and accessible play areas. Coordination issues are common among young children, and conditions like dyspraxia can put children at harm when playing if not provided adequate playground safety surfacing. Wheelchair accessibility is also a priority for any school space, so it is important to assess how well your surfacing choices and playground equipment layouts can be navigated by children with accessibility equipment.

You can find out more about our dedication to inclusivity on the playground here.

Safe Playground Surfacing

You can also tailor your choice of safety surfacing to your student’s play needs. This is vital to create a successful space for safe fun for all.

EPDM Wetpour Surfacing

Rubberised tarmac is a popular choice for accessible, low-maintenance playground safety surfacing. EPDM is available in a variety of bright colours and bespoke designs. In addition to being a great option for safety, it is also porous, preventing puddles to reduce risks of slipping even in wetter areas of the playground.

Artificial Play Grass

Creating a fun, all-weather playground surface is made easy with synthetic grass surfacing. Variable colours, designs, and pile heights allow for this surfacing solution to suit any need. Also, this surface doesn’t include hazards like stones, mud, and unevenness found in actual grass playgrounds.

image of hopscotch playground markings in artificial grass

Bonded Rubber Mulch

Bonded Playground Rubber Mulch surfacing is especially popular in primary schools as it provides a natural looking, but safer alternative to bark surfacing. Flexible and strong, this option is great to install around obstacles such as trees to prevent erosion at the base over time, while also covering roots which children may trip on.

Safer Grass Mats

Rubber grass mats is a cost-effective option to turn a larger area of the school field into safe play surfacing. With proper maintenance this makes grass areas wheelchair accessible as well as providing a brilliant cushioning effect to help protect children through their inevitable falls on the playground.

Keeping Warm

As children come back from their winter break, playground are still chilly and, as is often the case in the UK, damp! It is important to make sure kids stay safe and dry through proper clothing on the playground, with gloves, hats, scarves and good thick coats. As educators it is important to monitor where children’s safety by taking these precautions and removing them from harm to avoid the cold indoors.

We offer a range of playground shelters to provide a warm space anywhere on your school playground. Many from our selection have full insulation, including double glazed windows where applicable, and even come with the option of heating connection depending on what you are looking for.

For advice on keeping safe on the Summer-time playground click here.

Mental Health

Knowing how to keep kids healthy mentally is a growing concern among school staff and parents, and is vital to consider in all environments at school and home. Schools can provide a space on the playground that fosters an environment to support kids’ mental health as well as physically active and entertained.

Play and exercise for kids are a great vehicle for mental health by stimulating the body and releasing endorphins which can change our mood. The mental and emotional benefits of active play are increased when done with peers. Gear like many of our dual and multi-user outdoor gym equipment provides many opportunities for conversation and competition through play and exercise to help young people connect and have fun.

The School Playground Company Active Play

Providing many options for children of different abilities and interests is important because it can reduce feelings of isolation and encourages self-expression to allow unique skills and ideas to flourish. Creative and sensory and educational outdoor play equipment like our range of educational playground markings and sensory panels help children flourish through art and music, as well as maths, science, and storytelling.

Repairs and Refurbishments

It is important to keep your school playground up to scratch to prevent avoidable accidents. As your playground grows over years of children’s’ active play, repairs and refurbishments are vital. We are here to fix and replace damaged equipment, remove any unsafe parts, and give your site a fresh coat of paint. It’s our job to make your playground as good as new.

In cold, rainy weather, even small cracks and scratches can quickly turn into larger holes. Eventually, these can cause a tripping hazard on the playground. It is therefore recommended to get repairs done regularly to not let small problems turn into big ones.

image of a repair of a playground marking

The School Playground Company provides repair and refurbishment services including:

  • Repairs to playground surfacing of all types
  • Replacing worn component parts of outdoor playground equipment
  • Removal of unsafe items
  • Re-painting faded playground markings
  • Cleaning safety surfacing
  • Re-painting timber and metal work

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For more ideas on how to develop and grow your primary school playground explore our other blogs.

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