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The Best School Playground Equipment For Early Years

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We all know that classroom time is important for a student’s development, but we at Red Monkey Play believe that there is a multitude of ways for students to learn. This is especially true in younger years, where students need different contexts to process information. This is why we develop school playground equipment that is designed not only for fun but for learning too.

Early Years Learning

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning and development of early years children up to the age of five. Some of the key areas our EYFS play products focus on include Physical Development, Communication and Language and Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED). The full areas of learning are:

-Communication and language

-Physical development

-Personal, social and emotional development



-Understanding the world

-Expressive arts and design

Why School Playground Equipment is Important

The EYFS wants schools to teach children mostly through play. This can be done in the classroom in a number of ways but to truly give children a holistic development, they need to be taken outdoors. Using school playground equipment helps them to better understand the world as well as develop physically.

These are the obvious areas in which a student will develop using playground equipment, but Red Monkey Play ensure that we design equipment that goes beyond this. We make sure our equipment encourages social development. Having students navigate this free space together will help them develop their communicational skills as well as linguistic skills.   

What Playground Equipment Helps Early Years Students Physical Development

Let’s see what playground equipment helps with physical development. With more and more students leaving school obese, this area of development seems to be more important than ever. As children engage in physical play it not only improves their strength but also develops self-confidence as they overcome new challenges. These physical challenges include, but not limited to, climbing, balancing and coordination.

One great way to encourage this is through Trim Trails. Using both timber and rope, Red Money Trim Trails have been innovatively designed to replicate a natural, challenging and enjoyable play environment. They encourage children to develop balance, co-ordination and imagination through role-play.

Red Monkey Play’s range of Physical Development Climbing Frames let children do what they do best – run, jump, climb, crawl and play! Physical challenges develop co-ordination and balance skills whilst providing the perfect environment for interactive social play. Designed to be enjoyed by children of all ages, our play equipment really puts the fun in fitness.

Role Play School Playground Equipment

An excellent way to develop personal, social and emotional skills alongside communication and language is through roleplay. It allows children to get into character and act out real-life roles or fictional performances. It can be purely child-led and encourages children to take risks and be creative with the role they are playing. Role play is often a group activity, so having children communicate their roles to each other is a great skill to develop alongside the empathy it takes to pretend to be another person or thing.

Our role play playground equipment gives them the perfect spaces to act out exciting situations by themselves or with other students. Allowing children to act out real-life situations, such as grocery shopping, camping or driving gives them the opportunity to learn about real-life environments and situations at their own pace. When they engage in this type of role play, they can develop their verbal communication skills and physical mannerisms by practising what they have already learnt in real life situations. We take this idea and give it a fantastical twist with our own little hobbit explorer homes.

Get in Touch Today!

Interested in seeing how you can transform your school’s outdoor spaces? Contact us today! Check out our case studies to see how we implement outdoor gym equipment for schools and other playground equipment. We specialise in a number of different learning development equipment including outdoor sensory equipment. Check out our blog for more posts on how outdoor playground equipment can help with your student’s development.  

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