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Granard Children’s Centre, London

The children at Granard Children’s Centre, London are enjoying their vibrant new playground – making music, playing cars and learning about science

Why did you want to develop your playground?

Our old outdoor play area was beginning to look tired with its plain black surface. We wanted to develop our playground with a splash of colour, as well as introduce more music to the school. The Under 5s love making lots of musical noise so we wanted to create a space where they could do this without disturbing lessons.

What were the key elements that made Playforce stand out from other providers?

As soon as we made our first enquiry about Playforce equipment we received a fast and efficient response. The team were friendly and kept us updated at all stages of the project. The company is really reliable and has installed fantastic quality equipment at our school.
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The instruments have really improved the children’s musical skills, they love practicing tunes at playtime that we have taught them in lessons.

How are we using the space to deliver outdoor learning & educational play?

The children are really enjoying the track and road markings on the playground and are always driving around it on their cars and scooters. The music panels have been a great success and we’ve spotted a few new musical maestros among the pupils. The mirror is always in high demand, the children love looking at their funny shaped reflections.

What are the biggest benefits you have seen for the children?

The instruments have really improved the children’s musical skills, they love practising tunes at playtime that we have taught them in lessons. We’ve seen an improvement in the children’s gross motor skills and in their social skills. They are working together to find new and fun ways to use the equipment.

Can you share any best practice insights you’ve gained?

Poddely Sets are fantastic for schools that need some flexibility. They store away easily and can be transferred between the playground and classroom. The sets help teach early science skills with water play and introduce the ideas of cause and effect.
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