Kingswood Early Years Centre

Watford - Hertfordshire

Built: February 13, 2015

“We are delighted with the new playground and have had numerous positive compliments. It was a pleasure to work with the company. The EPE staff were helpful, listened to our requirements and were able to advise. The best thing was always being able to speak to the same person. This personal touch was very helpful. 10/10 – Excellent” Mrs B. Jackson – Head Teacher

What were the reasons for developing your outdoor space?
The existing surfacing was a mixture of Tarmac and Wet Pour completed at different times throughout the school’s history.
They wanted to make it one complete surface creating a safer environment for the children and enhancing their play opportunities.

How we transformed the play area to provide outdoor learning opportunities for the children:
The first task was to remove the existing Timber Frame that had been condemned and was now taking up valuable play space. Our removals team set to work during the Summer Holidays to safely remove and dispose of the timbers. The existing concrete tyres were also removed and the trees were trimmed and pruned in preparation to get a good finish around the trunk for the new Wet Pour Surfacing. Next the qualified surfacing team set about following the designs approved by the school, which included a new roadway and symbols. The main area of Wet Pour was skimmed over existing surfaces creating a level new surface. Green was the chosen colour to give a vibrant appealing feel whilst the roadway was completed in a rich blue.

How the children will benefit from the new play area:
Road safety is a very important part of the curriculum at any stage of a child’s development. To be able to learn the fundamental rules using the symbols included like Stop Signs, Traffic Lights and Pedestrian Crossings, whilst also being able to have fun and enjoy riding bikes and trikes provides the perfect learning environment. The children can explore all types of Imaginative Play opportunities as they choose their mode of transport to get around the ‘town’ or even go for a social stroll together whilst remembering to look out for any traffic. The existing Timber Adventure Trail can still be accessed easily and by making the surface safer all around it means more children will be able to test their balancing and traversing skills. An area for Free Play activities has also been created where once the existing timber frame stood.


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