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Hargate Primary School, Staffordshire

The Early Years pupils at Hargate Primary School have the opportunity to develop their physical skills and have fun in their new playground.

Why did you want to develop your playground?

We wanted to create a secure, caring, inclusive and friendly environment where everyone feels happy and safe. At Hargate Primary School we pride ourselves on being sensitive to the needs of every child and we decided that it was important to enhance the opportunities for the Early Years’ physical development.

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

Playforce offer a fantastic service that is bespoke to every school. The products are of superb quality and are intelligently designed to aid all aspects of growth. The playground was installed with great efficiency and the after sales service we received was caring and thoughtful. The team were keen to ensure that all of our needs and requirements were met and, most importantly, that the children were safe and having fun.
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We have seen such an improvement in the children’s creative approach to learning. They have taken skills that they have learnt from the equipment and transferred it brilliantly to their classroom activities.

How are you using the space to deliver outdoor learning and educational play?

Our outdoor learning environment is being used to give the children a safe yet exciting space to develop in. It is the perfect complement to their indoor learning and we ensure that there is a good balance throughout the academic day. We have divided the playground so that the pupils have somewhere to go whether they want some quiet reading time or to make as much noise as possible.

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

We have seen such an improvement in the children’s creative approach to learning. They have taken skills that they have learnt from the equipment and transferred it brilliantly to their classroom activities. Introducing more physical activities into the school day has lead to happier, healthier children.

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

Getting the balance between fun and safety can be difficult, it’s important to make sure you create an environment where children can take a few risks. Don’t let red tape ruin the pupils’ fun and invest in high quality equipment that will last long into your school’s future.
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