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Mark Selby ‘very impressed’ with Red Monkey service

Posted on: August 25th, 2017 by Alastair Jones No Comments

We’ve formed a new relationship with Leicester born world snooker champion, Mark Selby

We were so pleased to get the opportunity to work with snooker world champion, Mark Selby on designing and installing a playhouse for his daughter. When we first decided to look into the ‘Premium Residential’ market, we couldn’t have imagined being able to work with someone like Mark Selby, having him onboard to help raise our profile in this market is great and we couldn’t be happier.

Mark Selby daughter gives Red Monkey the thumbs up

Simon Winfield, Red Monkey MD, met Mark Selby at the Leicester Mercury Sports Awards in January this year. From there they formed a new relationship where Mark would help us explore a new premium residential market and we would design and install a playhouse for his two-year-old daughter Sofia.

Mark Selby ‘very impressed’

Mark was really pleased with the outcome saying “I’m very impressed with the play house that Red Monkey have created. My daughter is over the moon, and I would recommend their services to anyone looking for play equipment…I believe there’s a huge gap in the residential market for them”.

Mark Selby with his daughter, Sofia, enjoying their new play house

Moving Forward

Simon was really pleased to be exploring this market with Mark Selby saying “Mark has been a pleasure to work with and we believe we have an offering for the ‘Premium Residential’ market. We’re hoping that by continuing to work with Mark, he can help us develop that aspect of what we can do.”

If you’re interested in finding out more about our residential products then we would love to hear from you, give us a call us on 0116 366 9922

Made-to-measure wooden play equipment

Posted on: August 25th, 2017 by Alastair Jones No Comments

Bespoke, Made-to-measure wooden play equipment from Red Monkey built to your specifications.

At Red Monkey, we don’t just design and install children’s playground equipment, but provide made-to-measure outdoor wooden play equipment; Our outdoor play equipment and learning products are manufactured by ourselves at our factory in Leicestershire. With our inspirational playground design ideas, we create unique, engaging and bespoke learning experiences for schools, nurseries and the home all over the UK.

We do not believe that you should have to compromise on the equipment that you have within your new play areas, many companies out there will offer their standard products with no flexibility on size or dimensions. However, this is not the case at Red Monkey, we can and do build our play equipment to the specific sizes you require, so it is made to measure and bespoke to your own learning area allowing you to have your dream learning environment. We believe that children, schools and home’s in the UK should be able to benefit from the highest quality UK manufactured wooden play equipment that meet their needs or the size of the area that is available, hence we give the opportunity of making bespoke products and see what is right for you!

Our highly experienced design consultants do make sure that they “consult” with you which means, we do not neglect your ideas and plans, but we listen to your suggestions and views and add our experience and knowledge to deliver an outstanding play area that meets all the learning needs and is built and installed to your budget. Our flexibility makes your decision easier.

If you have seen a piece of equipment elsewhere which you have set your heart on, but it doesn’t meet the requirements for the area, for example, size wise or colour wise then speak with us as it is most likely for us to make something similar that matches the space you have available. If you cannot fit in all the equipment to the space available we can adapt the sizes so you can include what you want!

At Red Monkey, nothing is of trouble to us, we have the skills and experience to build any outdoor wooden play equipment you want to your sizes and specifications.

We believe in the learning environment and this is the reason that gives us a real and market leading edge so give us a call and find out how we can create an outstanding outdoor learning space and play area for your school or nursery or even your back garden!

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Contact us for more information-

Call: 0116 366 9922

Email: service@redmonkeyplay.co.uk

74 Pullman Road, Wigston, Leicestershire, LE18 2DB

 

 

New School Outdoor Classroom Launched

Posted on: August 23rd, 2017 by Alastair Jones No Comments

We are delighted to launch our new School Outdoor Classroom.

The new outdoor classroom has been developed with the involvement of Educational professionals including teachers, teaching assistants and Head teachers to meet the needs of Primary education. As we all know space in classrooms is at a premium in many schools and this new outdoor classroom provides a vast amount of additional space which can be used in many ways to meet your requirements.

Not only is the outdoor classroom functional it is also quirky and engaging, resembling the style of a “Hobbit House” it engages children and teachers right from the start! Who would not want to be learning in this fabulous environment.

Outdoor Classroom Red Monkey Play at Rolleston Primary School

Outdoor Classroom from Red Monkey Play at Rolleston Primary School

Hand crafted to high standards and meeting all safety requirements the classroom measures 4m x 2.4 m and can accommodate up to 20 children comfortably. It has large fantasy doors which enable you to bring the “outside in” and a large double-glazed window to ensure plenty of light. It includes an easy clean floor and insulation to ensure it can be used all year round and a Yale lock to ensure it is secure when not being used.

Extras include an electrical pack that incorporates interior and exterior lights, power points and a panel heater to keep it nice and warm.

Dwayne Toon Headteacher at Rolleston Primary School has already seen the value of the outdoor classroom having purchased 2 for his school. He said, “we love the new classroom, they are so flexible and functional and our teachers and children absolutely love using them, we now have to have a booking system as they are so popular, I would recommend them to any of my colleagues who need extra space in their school.

Outdoor Classroom Red Monkey Play Ltd

Outdoor classroom located in the playground

The outdoor classroom is available for just £6895 + VAT so it is extremely well priced and outstanding value when compared to many of the other options and includes a comprehensive guarantee. The classroom can be delivered fully constructed or can be constructed at the school if access space is limited. Delivery is at a small extra cost dependant on the location.

To see more of our Outdoor Classroom range click here

For more information or to place your order call now on 0116 3669922 or email service@redmonkeyplay.co.uk

 

New children’s adventure playground at Sunnyside Garden Centre Ibstock

Posted on: August 21st, 2017 by Alastair Jones No Comments

We are are delighted to announce the opening of a new adventure playground play unit at Sunnyside Garden Centre in Ibstock, creating an Adventure Playground for children aged 3 to 12 years old.

We have worked with Alan Ginn, the owner of Sunnyside Garden Centre to install a new and exciting climbing frame which provides children with different challenges to provide hours of fun and excitement, the unit incorporates climbing, sliding, balance and adventure to provide hours of fun

This new initiative is a first for both Red Monkey and Sunnyside Garden Centre, Alan Ginn of Sunnyside Garden Centre said, “We  are delighted with our adventure playground, we wanted to provide our customers and visitors with more reasons to come and visit Sunnyside Garden Centre, many of our customers have young children and this will keep them entertained during their visits and we expect to see more visitors now the play area is open”

Simon Winfield Managing Director of Red Monkey said “we are delighted to be working with Alan and his team at Sunnyside, this is a great new initiative for us and we already have an agreement to further expand the adventure playground in the future. We will be adding further play equipment  which will also be available for purchase through the Garden Centre

The Rainbow adventure unit is one of Red Monkey’s school range which has been developed to provide a wide range of activities including building fitness and strength in schoolchildren, it works perfectly within the Leisure environment and Red Monkey hope this is the start of a new market opportunity and will now be investing in developing and delivering their products to Leisure markets including Garden Centres, Camp Sites, Play Areas, Hotels & Pubs in the future.

To find out more about Sunnyside Garden Centre click here

 

Designed to make your Decision even Easier

Posted on: July 11th, 2017 by Alastair Jones No Comments

Outdoor Wooden Play Equipment built to your specifications – Our flexibility makes your decision easier

Bespoke made to measure outdoor wooden play equipment from Red Monkey; we manufacture all of our outdoor wooden play and learning products ourselves at our factory in Leicestershire.

We do this because we believe that children and schools in the UK should be able to benefit from the highest quality UK manufactured wooden play equipment that meet their needs or the size of the area that is available.

We do not believe that you should have to compromise on the equipment that you have within your new play areas, we know that other companies will offer their standard products with no flexibility on size or dimensions. This is not the case at Red Monkey, we can and do build our play equipment to the specific sizes you require, so it is made to measure and bespoke to your own learning area.

Our highly experiences design consultants do just that – they “consult” with you which means we do not detract from your ideas and plans, we listen to your suggestions and plans and add our experience and knowledge to deliver an outstanding play area that meets all the learning needs and is built and installed to your budget.

If you have seen a piece of equipment elsewhere which you have set your heart on but it just too big or small for the area then speak with us – it is very likely we can make something similar that matches the space you have available! If you cannot fit in all the equipment to the space available we can adapt the sizes so you can include what you want!

At Red Monkey nothing is of trouble to us, we have the skills and experience to build any outdoor wooden play equipment you want to your sizes and specifications.

We believe that gives us a real and market leading edge so give us a call and find out how we can create an outstanding outdoor learning space and play area for your school or nursery.

Call now on 0116 3669922 or click here and fill out our contact form

Announcing our Outdoor Play Equipment Referral Scheme

Posted on: June 5th, 2017 by Alastair Jones No Comments

Our new referral scheme for 2017 can help your school or nursery to receive FREE play equipment!

Knowing how much you love our outdoor play equipment, we hope you refer us to other establishments. If you do, we have a launched a reward scheme which can help you!

Red Monkey are delighted to introduce our new Referral Reward Scheme. The program allows you as our Red Monkey customers to build up rewards when you refer our service to another establishment. Once an order has been placed with Red Monkey for wooden play equipment, we will write back informing you of the financial reward you will both receive.

Once you receive your Red Monkey rewards, the amount can be used by your school or nursery to purchase any of our wooden outdoor play equipment (excluding flooring, surfacing and any other non-wooden play equipment), whether they pay for the whole item or not is up to you. Your rewards will be kept in your personalised Red Monkey account until you have acquired enough to purchase a desired product of your choice! You can purchase any of our wooden outdoor play equipment ranging from Play Blocks at £29.00 to a pirate ship for £7,999, or you can put your reward towards paying for a larger, bespoke playground design.

Fortunately, there is no time limit on using your Red Monkey Rewards, we will not delete or erase your rewards if they are not used after a period of time.

Our Customer Service Team at Red Monkey will send you half yearly statement detailing your remaining balance. Take this as the perfect opportunity to enchant your children with FREE magnificent outdoor play equipment!

T&C’s apply- click here for more information.

Introducing our new Earth Pod

Posted on: May 15th, 2017 by Alastair Jones No Comments

An enchanting addition to any establishment.

Here at Red Monkey we create exciting and unique new products and our latest design is no exception!

Take a trip to the shire with our Earth Pod, enter through the fantasy style doors sure to excite the children and create their own stories and dreams. Our unique luxury Earth Pod has been exclusively designed and built for the education sector and leisure industry to enchant people who are looking for something different. The Pod can be used as a holiday home (we have already taken orders from Leisure companies) or in education it could be used as an Outdoor Classroom or themed playhouse, we leave this imagination to you.

With a choice of roofing options, such as timber cladding or artificial grass, the Earth Pod creates a natural appearance to suit any setting or environment.

Each Earth Pod includes:

Additional options can be added such as insulation to allow all year round use and electrical packs to include two double sockets, interior and exterior lights and anterior panel heater.

Sizing:

External: L4 x W2.4 x H2.2m, Internal: L3.4 x W2.2 x H2m, Internal Floor Space: 7.5 square metres

Prices start from only £5950+VAT

Contact us today for more info or to place your order on 0116 366 9922 or e-mail service@redmonkeyplay.co.uk

 

 

Exciting New Partnership with Teaching Consultants

Posted on: March 3rd, 2017 by Alastair Jones No Comments

Creating opportunities and improving outcomes

We are excited to announce our new partnership with the highly-respected education specialists NM Education Consultants, experts in school improvement, raising standards and improving teaching.

This partnership will see Red Monkey working alongside NM Education to develop new and existing outdoor play and learning items to better meet the current learning requirements in order to provide schools with better value. This will mean that the items will link with the requirements of the curriculum and can be effectively used to improve teaching, whilst still serving as a play product!

Our products can also be supplied with learning material and instructions produced by NM Education’s highly skilled and experienced professionals, ensuring that teachers have structured plans on how the equipment can be used to educate children in specific areas of the curriculum.

Both companies have a desire to help improve education and the life of teaching professionals by helping to provide the relevant resources in today’s busy education environment. With a strong focus on developing the problem solving skills of children of all ages the products and services are targeted at children from the age of 2 to 12.

For more information on this initiative please contact us on 0116 3669922.

Sand Play in the Sun

Posted on: July 28th, 2016 by richie No Comments

Bring the fun of the beach to your play area!
Summer is just around the corner, and as the sun starts to shine everyone is looking forward to trip to the beach. Well why not bring the beach to your play area by adding some sand play units this summer? Children love playing with sand, and with sand play units suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, Red Monkey have something that’s sure to bring some sunshine to your play area.
To see our full range of sand play products, check out the Sand & Water section in our online brochure.

 

The educational benefits of sand play
Not only is playing with sand great fun, but sand play has loads of great educational benefits for young children too. From learning cooperating, sculpting and building, to improving hand-eye coordination, playing with sand is a great way to help children develop.
Topmarks education resources write:
‘Sand is a wonderful medium for stimulating imaginative play if you introduce dinosaurs, play people, zoo or farm animals to the sand.
Children enjoy making patterns in damp sand. They can make tracks with cars and other vehicles. If you provide ‘combs’ of card or plastic, with teeth of varying widths your child will be able to explore pattern making and mark-making.
Dry sand on trays is good for mark-making too. Children can use either their fingers or small sticks or brushes. It provides a medium for practising letters, numbers, shapes and patterns.’

 

Great sand play products from Red Monkey!
Our Freestanding Sandbox is made from the highest-quality play grade timber, and is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. With a lift-off lid to keep the sand dry and to keep animals out, it’s a no-fuss, no-mess unit that’s a perfect introduction to sand play. Bring the beach to your school or nursery this summer!

 

Planting & Growing for Healthy Eating

Posted on: July 28th, 2016 by richie No Comments

Children won’t eat vegetables? They might if they grow their own!

Do you have trouble getting your children to eat their greens? New research shows that children who are introduced to the process of planting, growing and harvesting are more likely to want to eat vegetables at meal times. In fact they are five times more likely to enjoy salad when they have grown it themselves.

A team from Ohio State University and Cornell University in New York monitored 370 students eating lunch in their school canteen to see what they put on their plate and what they left behind.

On normal days just 2 per cent of students added salad to their main meal. But when the salad ingredients were those grown by pupils in a school project, 10 per cent chose the healthy option.

Outdoor play can encourage a healthy lifestyle.

So how can you introduce your children to to joys of planting, growing and harvesting? Research shows that outdoor play is one of the best way to get children in touch with nature. Outdoor play and nature play give children control over their learning, teaching them important skills in a fun and self-driven way.

So pick up some seeds, set aside a planting area, and give a little instruction about sowing, planting and watering. Then let the children take control, and before you know it they’ll be growing their very own salads!

Cress seeds make a great starting point; they’re quick to grow, can be grown almost anywhere, and most importantly the cress is delicious when grown! When the children have been taken by the planting bug, take them outside and let them experiment with different herbs and vegetables.

A gift to St Peter at Gowts Primary School

Posted on: October 11th, 2016 by Alastair Jones No Comments

Donation of outdoor learning and play equipment.

Press release:

St Peter at Gowts Primary School in Lincoln have recently received the gift of new outdoor learning and play equipment from one of their former pupils, over 40 years after they left the school.

Red Monkey Play Ltd, whose Managing Director Simon Winfield attended the School over 40 years ago, have provided the school with £1000 of equipment following a chance meeting with the school’s Deputy Headteacher, Lucy Wilson.

Simon Winfield, Managing Director of Red Monkey Play said “It is a delight for me and Red Monkey Play to support my old school with outdoor learning and play equipment items that will aid the development of the children, I met with Lucy at a Charity bike ride in London, and when we realised that I had attended the school where she teaches we decided we had to do something to mark the chance meeting. I had a great experience all of those years ago and wanted to provide something to enable the children attending now to have a similar positive experience.”

Lucy Wilson, Deputy Headteacher, St Peter at Gowts Primary School commented “Both me and the school are very excited to have the new play equipment, the children are already using it in their daily learning and are excited to have new products in their play areas.”

Simon went on to say: “We look forward to building our connection with the school and being able to support them in the future. Red Monkey Play are keen to develop working relationships across the UK, our focus around improving the learning environment for children and encouraging them to solve problems is very different and we have evidence that our play and learning areas improve school results and OFSTED inspections.”

Click here to visit the school website

 

 

Worried about the cost of a new outdoor area?

Posted on: September 8th, 2016 by Alastair Jones No Comments

We can provide finance packages to assist you!
Red Monkey in collaboration with our finance partner WestWon are able to offer a specialist finance packages for schools and nurseries.

WestWon can help to fund all aspects of the solution including tangible equipment, surfacing, panels and installation.

Many of our customers have recognised the benefits of spreading the cost rather than committing valuable capital resources. These include;

Should you wish to explore the benefits further, discuss the best approach for your organisation or wish to get a quote please call Red Monkey on 0116 366 9922.

 

Role-play tips and ideas with Kitchen Units

Posted on: July 28th, 2016 by richie No Comments

Get children playing and learning together with our great role-play Kitchen Units! A set of three free-standing units, the units include an oven, a washer and a sink – everything you need to play chef in your own outdoor restaurant. Place the units together or separately; they’re designed to fit in to your existing play area, however much space you have available.
To help you make the most of your Kitchen Units we’ve put together this fun tips & ideas sheets including some great kitchen role play ideas. Why not mix up coloured soups and potions, make some delicious mud pies and stock up the included shelves with all sorts of natural ingredients? Check out the attached play sheet for more great ideas; we’ve also included a black and white print-at-home version for the children to colour in!

Autumn Activities!

Posted on: December 1st, 2016 by Alastair Jones No Comments

Explore the outdoors!

Now that we are fully into Autumn why don't you get the children involved in 
some outdoor activities in order to introduce them to Autumn and nature?
Below we have given a few examples of how you can get the children outside
and in touch with nature during the colder months of the year. Use our products
to help guide and extend the possibilities of exploring...

 

Get prepared for Spring!
Introduce your children to the wonderful world of gardening by planting bulbs
in preparation for Spring now!
Our wonderful Square Planter is the perfect addition to any nature area
- allowing children the opportunity to plant their own bulbs and watch as
they start to bloom in Spring!

 

Get outside this Autumn!
Why not encourage children outdoors with our Bug Garden to discover new 
creepy crawlies in a fun and interactive way?
Our unit provides ample opportunity as the timber unit is full of untreated
logs - guaranteed to attract some interesting creatures.

 

Get muddy, get messy!
Pave the way to the wonderful world of messy play!
Put on your wellies and explore nature! There are lots to discover!
Collect leaves and make a collage, or simply splash in the mud!
Integrating outdoor activities all year round helps students understand more than
just the weather. Use our wellie tree for strage after a wonderful time exploring!

 

Autumn Activities Cartoon

Maintenance Packages – Protecting your Play Area

Posted on: September 9th, 2016 by Alastair Jones No Comments

Choose from our two packages – Essentials and Comprehensive

The Essentials Package, for peace of mind in your play area

This package is perfect for small nurseries and schools, and includes:

This inspection covers:

  1. Ensuring that the entire play area complies with all current RoSPA standards.
  2. Check, review and tightening of fastenings
  3. Check that any swing seats are securely fixed and undamaged.
  4. Check that all safety barriers are present and in order.
  5. Check that all ropes are secure and undamaged.
  6. Check that slides are structurally sound and undamaged.
  7. Lubrication of any bearings.
  8. Suspension bridges – check, tighten and re-tension where necessary.
  9. Ropes and chains – check for any wear and tear or deterioration of ropes and chains especially at fitting points.
  10. Foundations – check all anchoring points for stability and anchor mechanisms for signs of damage.
  11. Provision of a written report to confirm the result of the safety check and itemise any maintenance undertaken or required.

We make sure your play equipment is safe and secure, so all you have to worry about is enjoying your play area!

The Essentials Package is available from £299* per year, contact us to find out more.

 

The Comprehensive Package, for total piece of mind and our ultimate cover package

This package is ideal for schools and nurseries of any size, and includes:

This inspection covers:

  1. Ensuring that the entire play area complies with all current RoSPA standards.
  2. Check, review and tightening of fastenings
  3. Check that any swing seats are securely fixed and undamaged.
  4. Check that all safety barriers are present and in order.
  5. Check that all ropes are secure and undamaged.
  6. Check that slides are structurally sound and undamaged.
  7. Lubrication of any bearings.
  8. Suspension bridges – check, tighten and re-tension where necessary.
  9. Ropes and chains – check for any wear and tear or deterioration of ropes and chains especially at fitting points.
  10. Foundations – check all anchoring points for stability and anchor mechanisms for signs of damage.
  11. Provision of a written report to confirm the result of the safety check and itemise any maintenance undertaken or required.

Fully protecting your play area, giving you peace of mind and ensuring a long and happy life for your play equipment!

The Comprehensive Package is available from £549* per year, contact us to find out more.

*Prices not including VAT