outstanding outdoor spaces

Holt Pre-School, Wiltshire

The children at Holt Pre-School can now enjoy a combination of outdoor learning and educational play with innovative playground equipment.

Why did you want to develop your playground?

Following our relocation from the village hall, we wanted to enhance our outdoor area to give the children somewhere to play in all seasons, regardless of the weather. We also wanted to provide an environment where the children can learn outdoors when the weather is nice.

 

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

The team at Playforce were very helpful and gave us a shopping list of ideas and possibilities that we could choose from. They advised us where necessary and encouraged the whole school to get involved with the planning. The quality of the equipment is exceptional and we know it will last far into the school’s future.

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Since developing our playground, the children have become much more motivated and imaginative.

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

The multipurpose shelter that we have had installed is being used to extend classroom activities into an outdoor environment. Complete with a blackboard and benches, the school can use the shelter to play and learn come rain or shine.

 

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

Since developing our playground, the children have become much more motivated and imaginative. The outdoors is used as a source of inspiration and the pupils have been incorporating the environment into some very creative ideas. We’ve seen an improvement in behavior and enthusiasm amongst some of the children.

Can you share any practice insights you have gained?

It is the children who are going to be using the playground equipment so it’s really important to ensure that they are a part of the planning process. You’ll be surprised by what ideas they come up with, our children certainly thought of things that we hadn’t!

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