My staff and I conduct playground safety audits all over the country and we often find confusion (by owners, designers, users, and maintenance crews) on what type of equipment should be reviewed to the playground standards. My hope is that the following article can provide some clarification to the confusion. As with many aspects of life, there is a lot of gray and very little black and white on this issue, and I would strongly suggest contacting your equipment manufacturer to receive their opinions.
Our profession works very hard to make playgrounds safe, enjoyable places for children to grow. To bring in the New Year, I have asked an outstanding team of teachers and students to tell us about their very special game and experiences on the playground at their school. They did a great job and I would like to thank them very much.
Outdoor play is generally associated with young children, but as much research has demonstrated, older children need opportunities for and benefit from outdoor play. Despite this knowledge,...
Recent developments in brain research have provided physical educators and play advocates with an avenue that connects physical activity with academic success. There is now a connection that provides us with substantial research that demonstrates that cognitive benefits can result from quality physical activity and play opportunities.