Shelter & shade for nurseries – our advice guide

03 August 2015



The sun has got his hat on, hip hip hip hurray. The sun has got his hat on and we’re coming out to play! There couldn’t be a better song for the glorious summer we’re having, could there? Warm, dry, sunny days are the perfect conditions for early years settings to take the EYFS outdoors and we all know the benefits of outdoor learning and play for young children – there’s stacks of robust evidence to prove its developmental impacts.

A well-planned and designed outdoor space with high-quality, curriculum-linked resources provides a raft of learning and play experiences for even the youngest children. We help nurseries across the UK achieve this every day, from single settings to large national nursery chains. So whether you’re looking to make minor improvements or a complete transformation of your outside facilities, our early years expertise is second to none. No matter how big or small your outside space, our expert consultants and designers work closely with you to understand what you want to achieve from your outside space, then create a solution that meets your needs.

Of course the more weather-proof your outdoor space, the more useable it will be. So from outdoor classrooms and shelters, shades and sails to pergolas and parasols, we’ve designed Shelter & Shade solutions to weather-proof your setting no matter how big or small. Come rain or shine, children will be able to enjoy circle time, mark making, physical activity, discovery activities or role play in the fresh air.

We offer flexible buying options too – either build Shelter and Shade products into our installed, consultation-led Design & Build service or buy self-assembly loose resources like this Detachable Sail Shade from Playforce Shop.

For large group or whole class activities, our sturdy timber shelters make fantastic outdoor classrooms. They come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and configurations including benches for seating and panels for extra protection against the elements, plus plenty of space for additional loose or free standing resources too.

Our Waterproof Shelter range (available as freestanding or wall-mounted) comes with a waterproof, UV radiation blocking Polycarbonate Roof which lets plenty of light in for year-round learning outside the classroom.

For site-specific shade for sunny days, these attractive, hard-wearing mesh shade sails come in a range of colours and sizes while our striking Waterproof Parasols provide shelter and shade all year round.

For advice on how to create an outside space for year-round outdoor learning and play whatever the weather, our experts are here to help. We understand that every setting is different so you can be sure that your Shelter & Shade solution will be bespoke to your individual requirements. Book a meeting today or call us on 01225 792660.

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