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How to Design a Safe Daycare Play Area

When children are young, it’s up to those around them to provide them with the tools they need to grow and develop properly. And one of the most important elements of developing properly is regular play. That’s right — regular play is a key part of the development of about 400 genes in the cerebral cortex. And as a daycare provider, it’s up to you to give your kids a safe, interactive area to play in. This is why it’s so important to carefully design and purchase daycare playground equipment.

Why Location Matters
It’s no secret that daycare-age children tend to wander off on their own. And if they aren’t supervised properly or in a safe area, they could end up getting lost or hurt. So to prevent this from happening, choosing the location of the play area is crucial.

The location of the play area should be:

  • Visible to staff
  • Easily accessible
  • Free of natural hazards
  • Shaded in areas
  • Properly fenced in

Aside from being near the daycare building, the outdoor playground equipment should be away from any streets or nearby buildings. And if there are more than one playground, the playground equipment for the little ones should be kept separately so the young children aren’t tempted to try to play on the big kid equipment.

Overall, the location of the playground should be in a well-lit, easily supervised and safe from hazards. Choosing the right location is the first important step in designing a custom playground.

Appropriate Daycare Playground Equipment
Because not all playground equipment is appropriate for all ages, it’s important to know how to choose the right daycare playground equipment. First, there should be no openings that small children can fit their heads or bodies through. If little kids see big gaps in the playground equipment, they may be tempted to try to squeeze through and get hurt. Additionally, equipment shouldn’t have any bolts or hooks sticking out that children can snag their clothing on.

It’s also important to choose the right materials — metal equipment can get very hot in when in the sun so make sure to choose equipment appropriate for how much sun or shade the area will get. And lastly, it’s important to choose equipment that doesn’t involve a lot of climbing or heights. Because little kids tend to bite off more than they can chew, it’s crucial to give them safe, reasonable daycare playground equipment to play on.

Choosing the right equipment for daycare kids to play on is an important step in helping them grow. The right playground can help kids further their communication skills, get them physically active, and just let them have fun.

Josh Bartlett

I have been in or around the playground industry most of my life starting at age 6 when my father started building back yard playgrounds. As I got older I developed an enormous passion for construction and business. In 2009 I along with my father and mother decided to give our full attention to designing and building commercial playgrounds. In just over 10 years we have gone from a small mom and pop company to a bustling small business that has the pleasure of designing and building custom play areas in locations around the country.

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