Designing a Playground for Preschoolers

For preschoolers, play is serious business! Before their school years, younger kids rely on play time to learn and develop mentally, physically, emotionally and socially. Designing a playground for preschoolers allows you to create a safe and enriching space for the future generation!

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Big Concepts in Early Childhood Playground Design and What Kids Need

Kids who are particularly young need a few specific features from their preschool playground’s design. The space needs to:

  • ■ Engage: Children in the preschool years are still developing their attention spans, so playgrounds need to be exciting and interesting to keep their focus. Look for bright colors, multiple activities and a natural element to keep kids engaged.
  • ■ Promote independent play and supervised play: Provide activities that allow for independent play and play with adult supervision. This combination will mean playground equipment should be designed with plenty of space around it so that caregivers and adults can step in to help.
  • ■ Be inclusive: Young children develop at different speeds, so you need play equipment that can be used by both children who are advanced and those still developing gross and fine motor skills. Look for play equipment that allows children to be helped along by caregivers if they need it. PlayPower Canada has a wide variety of play equipment for children of all abilities.
  • ■ Lend development supports: Look for playground equipment designed to help children grow physically, emotionally, mentally and socially. Equipment that assists in building fine motor skills while also appealing to the senses and helping children play in groups while learning, for example, makes playtime more impactful.

Putting Safety First

Safety is a key concern for preschool markets. Children of this age are still working on balance and muscle group control. They may not know how to stay safe, so they may be at risk on playgrounds that are perfectly acceptable for older kids to play on. When designing a daycare playground, you can keep children safer if you:

  • ■ Keep heights low: Buy equipment that’s designed specifically for younger children, and ensure there are no tall heights when it’s set up.
  • ■ Look for play equipment designed for younger children: Playground slides, climbers, swings and other pieces designed for older children can be dangerous for toddlers. Always purchase playgrounds specifically designed for your age group.
  • ■ Buy quality equipment: Purchase from quality manufacturers who have a track record of safety and create durable, quality pieces from non-toxic materials. PlayPower Canada carefully curates the best brands to help you design a safe play space, for example.

If you’re ready to start creating your play area for little ones, contact PlayPower Canada to toss around some preschool playground design ideas and start putting together your custom playground.

Evaluating Playground Bids and Proposals

Evaluating Playground Bids

If you have sought out multiple bids and proposals, you now have to take on the task of reviewing them all and selecting one, which can feel pretty daunting. Since all of them are persuasive, how can you be sure to choose the right one to get the playground you want?

Evaluating playground bids and proposals does not have to be overwhelming. By creating some parameters for comparison and looking beyond the words to what’s actually being presented, you can narrow down the stack of bids and come up with a clear winner.

How to Evaluate Playground Bids

Evaluating playground bids starts by going over what you’re looking for and then narrowing down your list of options. You can do so by comparing the proposals in a few basic ways:

  • ■ Start by deciding what matters to you: Create a list of features and amenities you want most for your playground, and use a number system to determine which features are absolutely crucial to you and which ones are less so. Go through the bids and proposals, and see which ones fail to meet your most basic needs. By eliminating these non-starters right away, you’ve already narrowed down the numbers and made the process of evaluating playground proposals much simpler.
  • ■ Take a look at the size of the playground equipment: Does it fit your needs and allow children to grow with the playground? Does the equipment fit into the space you have? Check your playground measurements to ensure you’re considering bids for equipment you have space for.
  • ■ Consider the warranties: Examine how much is covered by warranties and how long they last. Keep in mind that anything not covered by warranties will need to be covered by you if there are any problems at your playground.
  • ■ Compare costs: It can be tempting to look at cost first, but it should be the last thing you consider. Thinking of price first can mean you end up with a playground that costs more in the long run because it may need to be replaced sooner. By considering quality and fit first, you ensure you get a quality investment in the future.

Evaluating Playground Proposals

Working With PlayPower Canada

If you’re looking for durable, innovative and quality play equipment, get in touch with PlayPower Canada. We offer a range of playground solutions and have been helping create play spaces across the country. Our custom design capabilities and personalized attention ensure you get the playground you want and need. Contact us today to talk to a member of our team about the playground you want to build.