Are we there yet?
The equipment on your playground is only
one element of your program's success at
providing safe and engaging outdoor play.
The other factor is your staff. Ask
Do my teachers know the guidelines for
safe use of the equipment on our site?
Do they enforce these?
Do the staff tend to spend outdoor time
clumping together to socialize, or are
they spread out across the playground,
able to see all areas where children
Are the teachers playing with the
children in ways that encourage
imaginative, challenging play?
What kinds of routines-daily, weekly,
monthly, etc. does my center have in
place to ensure that children on the
playground are safe?
Do the teachers know what to do in the
event of a serious injury outdoors? What
about a severe weather event or natural
Does the staff use your playground as an
extension of the classroom, or is it
merely a place for children to run and
burn off steam?
Many people have heard the old sales pitch
-- you spend a third of your life in bed
-- invest in a good mattress! Children in
early childhood centers spend (or should
spend!) much of their time outdoors. Once
you have invested in the physical space
and equipment, it makes sense to invest
training time and money to maximize the
benefits of your outdoor classroom.
We offer playground training that covers
supervision, safe play, and the outdoor
classroom. For more information, please
with this basic information: number and
ages of children, number of staff, and the
best way to contact you.