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More Play and No Conflicts

How to encourage positive play and reduce conflict in out-of-school schemes

Outside of school hours, millions of children enjoy local schemes, clubs, and facilities as a way to spend their leisure time. A well-designed outdoor playground is a major component of high-quality play. But what exactly makes an outdoor play environment well-designed for out-of-school activities?

Our current study takes a look at popular play spaces, active dwell time, and positive social play in outdoor playgrounds for out-of-school care.

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More play and no conflicts

6 playground design tips

6 tips for designing playgrounds for out-of-school activities

  1. Design for active social play: choose high-capacity responsive equipment.

  2. Design to enhance chase games: chose a high-capacity climbing and perching piece.

  3. Incorporate paired spinning structures.

  4. Include "cool"-looking yet challenging structures for older children.

  5. Create special hang-out spaces so children can retreat but still see the playground.

  6. Where children of different age groups will use the same space, include graduated and progressive challenges.