Many of us would agree that one of the best things about being a child is having a delightful time in a playground. The joy of climbing on to monkey bars, coming down a slide or simply sitting on a swing certainly have a way of making children feel relaxed and happy in the great outdoors. At school especially, children look forward to their break time as this is when they are allowed to run, play and be carefree on the school playground.
Today's playgrounds are extremely colourful and are designed to ensure that the children using them are safe all the time. When choosing to install a playground, there are several factors to take into consideration. Of utmost importance is the age group a school playground will serve. It could be for a nursery group or junior school children. Whatever the age group, these play spaces should be designed to allow children to learn, develop and grow in a healthy way.
Here in England, it is also important that school playgrounds are built to accommodate the various weather changes, all year round. The surfacing and landscaping should be carried out by suppliers who have extensive experience in dealing with rain, strong winds, frost and snow. The equipment that is purchased and installed should also adhere to the national EN1176 safety standards.
When seeking to create a good, safe playground, it is best to choose a company that is able to take on the task from beginning to end. It should be able to offer the services of surveying your site to determine whether it is suitable for a playground and if so, how much space can actually be used. Today's technology allows draughtsmen, engineers and architects to lay their ideas and plans out easily with the help of Computer Aided Design (CAD). Designs can be changed without too much hassle to suit budgets and space.
Once the designs have been approved and your playground starts to take shape, the company should take charge of the landscaping, surfacing and play equipment. It should also be able to commit to maintaining the playground for you. Post installation inspections by certified inspectors ought to be carried out to ensure that the area is safe for children to play in all the time. This could be done annually for a fee that is agreed upon by the school authorities and company in question. Some companies even offer cleaning services for the equipment and grounds to ensure that the playground is presentable always.
Indeed, it is hard to believe that something as basic and essential as a school playground requires great planning and attention to detail. Yet, without these, our children's safety will be at risk. This is why when it comes to planning for such a playground, it should be in everyone's best interest to leave it to the experts, namely companies that have the experience and expertise in delivering the goods and services through the test of time.