Looking for inspiration for your kindergartens or preschools playground?

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Children develop at an astonishing rate in kindergartens and preschools, so much so that it can sometimes be challenging to keep up! A great early childhood playground is not only a fun place for children, it also inspires staff to find new and exciting ways to stimulate them. The daily physical challenge of playing on kindergarten playground equipment is great for not only developing physical skills, but for the necessary social skills that prepare them for the next step in their school life. It's been proven that children's physical, social-emotional, cognitive, and creative development is supported and developed by playing in well-designed preschool playgrounds. At KOMPAN we develop playgrounds and play equipment for early childhood centres based on child observations, child involvement, and child input. KOMPAN Play Institute is KOMPAN's unit of play specialists, and your way to rest assured that the preschool playground equipment children play on is tested and safe.

early childhood playground equipment from KOMPAN

Why is good playground equipment important for kindergartens and preschools?

Play and growth are intertwined. Play is one of the seven emotional systems of the human brain and is as essential as other human emotional instincts such as happiness, fear, and love. 
For adults, simple play such as swinging, climbing, or sliding seems to be "just fun", when in fact well-chosen early childhood playground equipment teaches the children important life skills like language development and cooperation.

Jumping and running are important for building bone density and the World Health Organization recommends daily physical activity of at least three hours for children under five and at least one hour for young children. Well-designed kindergarten playground equipment can help facilitate these requirements, resulting in healthier and happier children. 

Safety is a challenge for preschool play structures. Toddlers can be hard on equipment, and since they are still developing their motor skills and balance, they are prone to falling down easily. Kindergarten playgrounds should be low and safe enough for children to play with less risk of injury. 
If you would like to know more about playground safety, please read the playground safety guidelines

What playground equipment should you choose?

Good preschool or kindergarten playground equipment allows children to connect with peers, encouraging communication and expanding language and literacy skills. It also offers a range of physical, dramatic, and cognitive play elements to keep children engaged.

Climbing is a great way to stimulate physical development. KOMPAN's early climbing product line is made specifically for children 3-6 years old, with perfectly sized steps and rope thickness to match small hands and feet.

Play systems are another great addition to an early childgood playground, with their variety of physical play activities, such as crawling and sliding. Bright colors, hangout spots, and an exciting play system theme stimulate children cognitively and creatively. 

Freestanding playground equipment pieces are also a hit for preschooler playgrounds. Classics like slides and swings and tactile elements like sand and water play are great ways to keep kids active and entertained for hours. Get inspired by our many freestanding equipment options and find the best piece for your playground.

KOMPAN commercial playground climbing equipment for preschools
preschool playground swing by KOMPAN

What materials are best for an outdoor preschool playground?

When choosing preschool playground equipment, safety should be a key concern. The ideal equipment materials for a kindergarten are eco-friendly, exciting and highly durable. KOMPAN's play panels are all made from recyclable materials, and play system floors are made of High-Pressure Laminate (HPL) with a non-skid surface to ensure safety and durability in all climates. 

Our timber playgrounds are also a great option for preschool playgrounds. Organic Robinia wood is highly sustainable and durable with the right maintenance. Great for dry areas, the natural look is appealing to children and adults alike. If you are thinking about a more sustainable material and a natural feel for your playground, consider Robinia timber! 

The surface of the early childhood playground equipment is also important, as many children - especially smaller children, will take a fall from time to time. By making sure that your surface is safe, you can reduce the risk of injuries. Playground surfaces can be sand, grass, or rubber. 

Investing in a good and safe playground for your preschool or kindergarten ensures that the play equipment will last for years to come.

4 things to consider before designing your next preschool playground:

  • What is your budget? The amount of playground equipment is dependent on your budget. When your financial boundaries are decided, you can set your expectations for size and scale appropriately.
  • What style and materials are right for you? Do you want a natural playground, or a playground with bright colours? We have plenty of options for both, take a look at our natural playground equipment for preschools or our playground set and systems.
  • Who are the users and their age group? Is your preschool handling only toddlers, or should your playground be appropriate for a wider age group? It is important to think about inclusiveness in the playground to meet every child's needs.
  • How to cater for the way the playground is used? Here you should think about offering both physical and cognitively stimulating play activities to support the children's overall development while playing.

 

 Take the first step towards an awesome playground!

 

preschool playground equipment by KOMPAN