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School Playground Equipment Ideas

Steve DanbyBlog posted on 7th June 2017 by Steve Danby

At Playscheme, we believe that we design some of the best school playground equipment on the market; we can also build absolutely anything you'd like, and we mean that!

No matter what your specification, the size of your outdoor space, or who it's for, we can help you to come up with tons of ideas for your school playground, creating a play scheme that will suit any budget. We create spaces unique to you. 

We've said it before but we truly are one of the UK's few true bespoke playground specialists, custom-making play equipment and environments that are not only different but also exceptionally thrilling and educational at the same time.

Fairy Bridge Tower & Accessible Shed

Why choose our school playground equipment?

We continuously move with the evolving curriculum and we’re always fully informed on current thinking on nurturing young minds and bodies. We understand that play is a vital part of learning and we know how to make sure your children have the very best outdoor environment for their emotional and physical development.

Our schemes blend creative flair with progressive thinking to give you so much more from your space and from class and play time. We’re always up to date with the latest thinking on child development and we work to regulatory and Ofsted requirements for schools. 

Our brilliant designs fire young imaginations and exercise young bodies. Each bespoke scheme is safe, imaginative and beautifully crafted and designed to make everyone smile – kids, parents and teachers.

Grass Cubes

A truly bespoke playground service

Take a look around. Are you using every inch of your school space to best effect? We can transform spaces that look beyond repair. We’ll make your no-go area into a bright and brilliant play area.

All of our play schemes are bespoke and each one is different, just as each school and each child is different. We can offer an off-the-shelf product, but we find that our customers like to be involved every step of the way. Collaboration is key here, and we’ll tailor your scheme to fit your space and your requirements exactly. We’ll listen to you carefully and work in close partnership with you at every touchpoint. 

School playgrounds - through the stages 

We cater for schools and nurseries throughout all stages of childhood development and are happy to work with you to create a playground that is safe, fun and educational. From early years to Key Stage 1 (KS1), Key Stage 2 (KS2) and beyond, Special Educational Needs (SEN) and also Forest Schools, we can design pretty much anything for you. We like a good challenge!

Play in Early Years Foundation Stage 

Of course, we are all aware that the pre-school years are imperative for laying solid foundations in a child's life, readying them for school in later years, and even life as a whole. We are specialists in early years play and we know how much of a difference an enabling environment can make to a young person's life as they grow. 


There are 4 main principles that we follow here at Playscheme when it comes to the Early Years Foundation Stage, and those are:

As long as we can encompass these main themes into the playground equipment that we design, we can ensure that all elements of the child's emotional and physical development, as well as their safety and wellbeing is adhered to. 

Key Stage 1 

The Key stages are built on top of the principles reflected in the EYFS and ensuring that best practices with outdoor learning can flow from nursery and reception years throughtout the curriculum. 

Our school playground equipment is intentionally designed to be rugged and versatile to ensure stimulate play at all Key Stages such as KS1. We all know that a well-designed outdoor space can help you use your school to its full capability and will support a child's learning and development at any age. 


Key Stage 2 and Beyond

We believe that it's important to encourage children to continue in play throughout their time at school, keeping both their minds and bodies active. 

At Playscheme, we have a number of recommended products especially for KS2 including trim trails, climbing units and activity areas. We can also look at designing dance stages in to your play scheme, which over the past few years have become increasingly popular. 


Special Educational Needs - SEN 

Every child has the ultimate right to play and we believe that more than ever at Playscheme, having seen at first hand the effect a well-thought out playground can have on children with disabilities. As we have worked on lots of inclusive playgrounds over the years, we understand the complexity and the range of disabilities within our special needs schools in the UK. This is why designing and building a playground from a bespoke approach allows certain areas to be modified and adapted to suit everyone. 

Outdoor learning is of course hugely beneficial to children with special educational needs as the outdoor is a great setting for youngsters to take on new challenges and learn new life skills which may ordinarily be out of their reach. 


We have a range of products including all ability swings, inclusive roundabouts and wheelchair accessible trampolines which are a firm favourite in the SEN schools we have redeveloped. 

If you're looking for something a lot more relaxed, or for younger children, then we can create a more relaxed area with sensory panels, bright colours, tactile materials and textured landscaping, giving a truly tranquil place to relax. 

Forest Schools

We're pretty good at transforming any outdoor space and when it comes to joining nature and play together, we can help you to obtain a hands-on learning experience to achieve and develop confidence through your surrounding environment. 

Forest School is an inspirational process that offers children and young people opportunities to develop skills, confidence and all-important self esteem, and they are have been proven to be the best stimulus for children all over the UK.

Do you have a Forest School? Why not let us design an outdoor classroom for you? Or how about a canopy walkway or pond dipping platform? 



Funding is available for all of our outdoor play scheme projects. For more help on this, just contact us and we can arrange a consultation to talk through your ideas.

Lindhead School Garden 2 - low res

If you're looking for one of a kind school playground equipment or a new play area that is out of this world, we'd love to be involved! Contact us today on 01904 607 677 or mail@play-scheme.co.uk for a no obligation consultation.

Download our brochure for more information