Planning and Design
How can our environment promote independent and educational play with the utmost safety for children and greatest ease of use by teachers?
Other companies describe their structures based on “capacity” – how many children can “fit” on a structure. But capacity-based design is dangerous because it:
- Encourages the crowding of children on elevated decks
- Leads to shoving or jockeying for space
- Induces falls
- Encourages unhealthy competition
- Creates “waiting lines” for use of equipment
By contrast, our environments help children spread out as they choose appropriate play in various “centers.” In this section, you can learn more about how we go about planning and designing a playground that meets the full range of needs for children and caregivers.