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Stickney Pre-School and Toddler Group, Lincolnshire

The rain will no longer put a dampener on play time at Stickney Pre-School and Toddler Group with their new outdoor shelter.
Why did you want to develop your playground?
At Stickney Pre-School and Toddler Group we believe that playtime is precious. This means that it is even more disappointing when the wet weather keeps children from healthy outdoor play. We wanted to develop a playground that would give the pupils a place to learn and play come rain or shine and we were lucky enough to receive the funding.

What were the key elements that made Playforce stand out from other providers?
The team at Playforce were very friendly and the service was great – quick and easy. The products are fantastic quality and come with a ten year guarantee. The timber requires no ongoing maintenance and the ecologically sources wood is sanded down so that the children can safely use the equipment straight away. We have quite a limited playground space at Stickney and Playforce was able to make efficient and effective use of what was available.
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The children are really enjoying being able to play and learn outside in all weathers.
How are you using the space to deliver outdoor learning and educational play?
Our outdoor shelter is being used as a space where children can have a quiet break at lunch or where teachers can move their lessons outside. We hope to extend the use of our outside play area in all weathers and ensure that the pupils are encouraged to take part in outdoor learning all year round.

What are the biggest benefits you have seen for the children?
The children are really enjoying being able to play and learn outside in all weathers. The shelter is dry in the rain and cool and shady in the sun. We have noticed improvements in the children’s behaviour and enthusiasm. They have been inspired by their new environment and look forward to going outside.
Can you share any best practice insights you’ve gained?
Whatever type of playground development you are planning it is important to think about how it can be used all year round. Installing a shelter of some kind means that the children can take part in healthy outdoor play in every season.
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