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Childhood obesity: the facts

Childhood obesity: the facts

Recently the Health Alliance stated that the UK needs to be tougher in tackling childhood obesity. The need to tackle childhood obesity is not just vital for ensuring that children grow up healthy and fit, but also ensures that the NHS doesn’t become financially stretched due to an increasing obese UK population. Saying this, childhood obesity is not just a UK problem, as the World Health Organisation has declared it one of the most... Read More

How to choose the right theme for your playground

How to choose the right theme for your playground

Whether designing a completely new playground or simply refreshing an existing play area, having a theme will help to create unity and ensure that all the playground equipment installed will be used and fit in with your aesthetic. A playground theme can either be a standout theme such as creating a jungle world, or simple be ensuring all playground equipment is made from the same material such as timber. Different themes will suit different... Read More

6 ways schools can help tackle childhood obesity

6 ways schools can help tackle childhood obesity

Childhood obesity is still a concern amongst educational and health professionals, as well as parents. Ensuring children are a healthy weight and lead healthy lifestyles is not only important for their physical health but their mental wellbeing as well. Schools can play an active role in the fight against childhood obesity. Here are 6 ways schools can help tackle this crisis: Active playtime Encouraging children to be active during... Read More

The key equipment needed to create an outdoor gym

The key equipment needed to create an outdoor gym

Outdoor gyms offer a convenient, free and safe way for people to improve their fitness and health. It is for these reasons that outdoor gyms have grown in popularity over the past few years and can now be seen in many public parks across the country. For many parks these outdoor gyms have helped to revamp the area and increase the number of people using the park, as well as helping locals achieve their fitness goals. If you’re... Read More

How to add creative play to your playground and outdoor play areas

How to add creative play to your playground and outdoor play areas

Encouraging children to be creative is a fundamental part of their development and growth. High creativity levels are seen as a sign of intelligence and enables children to find imaginative solutions to challenges and problems. Play is the perfect opportunity to encourage children to be more creative so using playtime as a way to let children use their imaginations and be creative will not only mean that they can have fun during their... Read More

The essential furniture that every school playground needs

The essential furniture that every school playground needs

Along with the right playground equipment, ensuring you install the right outdoor furniture in your playgrounds will help to make the most use of the space you have available. As well as this, installing practical playground furniture will help to keep the play area safe and clean for children to use. There are a few essential outdoor furniture that every playground needs to have to ensure that it remains a secure and pleasant environment... Read More

A guide to inspecting your playground equipment

A guide to inspecting your playground equipment

Regular inspections are the key to ensuring your playground equipment remains in good condition and safe to use. Inspections will help you to pick up on any small repairs or maintenance issues that need to be addressed. As well as this, a thorough inspection will ensure that the equipment is completely safe for children to use, helping to prevent potential accidents. As inspections have a direct impact on the safety and condition of your... Read More

How to design public play areas

How to design public play areas

One of the biggest challenges of designing public play areas, such as parks, is that it needs to appeal to children of all ages and abilities. As well as this, key safety measures need to be implemented to ensure all children using the play equipment remain safe and secure. While children are the focus of play areas, in public spaces provision need to made for adults supervising their children, such as adequate seating. With so many... Read More

How to design play areas for older children

How to design play areas for older children

As children get older their wants and needs from play areas change rapidly. The KS2 age group need playground equipment that is a lot more challenging than those used by younger children, as well as this, their social skills are much more developed at this age meaning that more social play is recommended. Children in this age group also want play equipment that allows them to be more independent and which includes more of a risk... Read More

How to design play areas for young children

How to design play areas for young children

There are a lot of considerations to factor in when designing playgrounds, especially when designing them for young children. The KS0 and KS1 age groups have their own unique needs when considering the type of equipment to install, safety precautions to take, security measures to put in place and choosing equipment that will appeal to these age groups. When designing play areas for young children these tips will help: Equipment... Read More

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