Playground Inspection Check List

Playground Inspection Check List

Regularly inspecting both the equipment and the grounds of a playground installation ensures it remains a safe place for children to play and have fun. It helps to plan and follow a timetable of regular playground inspections, which then results in any required maintenance work or preventative actions being detected and implemented as soon as possible.

In an educational setting, playgrounds should be inspected by a responsible member of staff on a daily basis, or before less regular use, to ensure that the playing space remains safe. However, a more detailed, scheduled, regular maintenance inspection should always take place. This can be easily set up and carried out in-house by your establishment and then any advice sought regarding any maintenance work required.

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The Benefits of Storytelling

The Benefits of Storytelling

Storytelling has stood the test of time. We all love stories, whether a fascinating story around a campfire; an interesting story of heritage and history, passed down through the generations; an enjoyable novel on holiday or listening to a child’s first go at stringing events together in a factual or amusing traditional or personal tale.

Storytelling Week is a celebration of all things story: from adventure stories to traditional tales, from mysteries to science fiction. Stories inspire the imagination and record histories from modern day to the distant past. Storytelling supports the acquirement of so many skills from baby, through to child and onward into adulthood. It provides a holistic approach to personal development, building upon vocabulary, memory, imagination, emotional awareness and informing physical, spiritual and intellectual understanding.

At Schoolscapes we truly value the importance of storytelling and creative and imaginative thinking and this informs a large part of our innovative, outdoor playground designs. Why limit storytelling to the indoors? The opportunities to inspire children both through quality books and through physical, active storytelling outdoors are limitless.

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4 Benefits gained from Solving Puzzles

4 Benefits Gained From Solving Puzzles

People have loved solving puzzles for generations, whether they are simple or challenging, tactile or virtual. But are there any real benefits of solving puzzles for child development?

Early on in life, puzzles may have large wooden knobs to help children to manipulate the parts. They may have smaller parts that join to make a whole picture or match shapes to pictures of objects. It is usual for many children to experience a range of jigsaw puzzles of varying complexity both at school and at home, an interest that some take into adulthood, or others may return to in the calmer, later years of life.

Often there is an image to help you to complete the puzzle, the result which will stay the same. But puzzles have now become more complex and more challenging than ever, so much so some people even become experts in their specific puzzle field and enter competitions worldwide!

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Climbing: The Physical and Mental Benefits

Climbing: The Physical and Mental Benefits

All children love to climb and explore, whether it’s scampering up a tree, scaling the sides of an adventure play tower, clambering on a bench or just scrambling up a rock to look around. In fact, you could even go as far as saying that from babies to adults, we just love to climb. It allows children to easily see their world from a new and different perspective and challenges those who dare to reach exhilarating heights.

Climbing certainly enables children to go on a journey of discovery where they will learn to make decisions, solve problems and to take risks at the same time as developing physical strength, balance and agility. Climbing provides great all-around exercise as it uses so many muscles in the body, as well as engaging numerous parts of the brain! It also creates improved self-esteem and independence as children learn to successfully set their own targets and plan and adapt their own routes.

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Fundamental Benefits from Free Play

Free Play

What is Free Play?

Free Play used to be a part of the childhood experience, a process that was natural and taken for granted, not something to be instigated or contrived. However, times have changed and sadly the opportunities for children to play and explore freely have greatly diminished over the decades, so much so that now parents and educators are starting to think about ways to actively engage children more in a world of free play. More