outstanding outdoor spaces

Scraptoft Valley Primary School, Leicestershire

Scraptoft Valley Primary School in Leicestershire had a small outdoor environment that they decided to revamp.

Mrs Barbara Kent , Headteacher and Miss Lucy Frearson (Foundation Stage Coordinator) tell us all about it.


Why did you want to develop your playground?

Our outside area is small and was not providing enough opportunities for the children to learn in the outdoor environment. We wanted to revamp the area and create a playground that reflected the learning that takes place in the classroom.

 

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

Playforce was recommended through word of mouth. Neil came to talk to the school about what we wanted and gave us many ideas and things to think about. We had to have 3 quotes from different companies before the governors would release the funding for the playground. We used the different designs from each company and amalgamated them to create the playground that Playforce have installed, for a very competitive price. There was no pressure to buy but Neil kept in touch with us as we were getting other quotes and talking to the governors about the funding needed.

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The new outdoor area has been a huge hit with all the children and parents in the Foundation Stage classes.

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

The new playground has provided the school with a new base for developing learning through outdoor play. The Playforce team have created specific areas in our small playground where we can now add resources and equipment to stimulate imagination, independent learning and cooperative play. The new outdoor area has been a huge hit with all the children and parents in the Foundation Stage classes.

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

• Motivation to go outside and learn in the environment.
• Much more cooperative play when using the climbing frame, tunnel/mound and water pump.
• Lots of the quieter children are now demonstrating more confidence when playing outside and are talking lots more to each other.
• Children are excited to go outside and play.

Any other comments about your experience of working with Playforce?

All of the Playforce team that have been involved in the project have been friendly, professional, knowledgeable and flexible. we would highly recommend Playforce to others.
Emails and telephone calls have been returned quickly and any problems rectified effectively.
Competitive prices and a huge range of equipment to choose from.

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