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Is playtime important? Let’s A, B, See…

Posted on: February 6th, 2018 by Alex Stone No Comments

The benefits of play have been well documented over the years as various studies examine development through the different interactions children have in the playground. Play equipment and building a great playground can be as important to a child’s education as writing a great lesson plan. Children need two types of ABC’s to continue evolving into a stronger person all-round. You’ve got the alphabet ‘ABC’ and then there’s the playful ABC:




Advantages of play include

Children need these skills to help with their cognitive and social skills later on in life. How can you improve learn and play development without it being so complex and demanding for parents and teachers? Well that’s where Red Monkey Play comes in.

Agility improves children’s speed and direction which increases health benefits as children are more likely to take part in sport activities. Our wide range of Trim Trails are ideal for agility. Products from our Outdoor Gym Equipment range is a great kick-start to get children on sprint mode.

Outdoor Gym Equipment - Is playtime important? Let's A, B, See...Trim Trail - Is playtime important? Let's A, B, See...

Balance is one step ahead to defying gravity and goes hand in hand with sports because of its help with motor skills. By using balancing activities in their day to day play, children are able to build their control and accuracy faster. We have many products that can help with a child’s balance such as our Wet-Pour Playground Surface and the Development Trail.

Wet pour Playground Surface - Is playtime important? Let's A, B, See...Development Trail - Is playtime important? Let's A, B, See...

Coordination can come from sensory processing, gestures and facial performance as well as concentration. All of which are strong development points as children grow.

Children can immerse themselves in a tactile world of fun with our Water Wall, an essential element of any playground. The Messy Kitchen is another ideal product for all those budding cooks and chefs. Both products encourage hand-eye coordination.

Waterwall - Is playtime important? Let's A, B, See...Messy Kitchen - Is playtime important? Let's A, B, See...

Imagination is at the heart of everything we do at Red Monkey. We don’t just design and install children’s playground equipment. We’re just a call away if you want the ideal play equipment or playground design for your school or nursery.

For more products and information please have a look at our brochure.

We’re Recruiting – Business Development Assistant

Posted on: January 5th, 2018 by Alex Stone No Comments

Business Development Assistant

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Business Development Assistant at a growing dynamic business in Wigston, Leicester.

Red Monkey Play Ltd who design, build and supply play equipment for the education market are seeking an enthusiastic, dynamic and motivated person to take on this new role.

Location – Wigston, LE18

Job type: Part-time minimum of 22.5 hours per week

Salary: competitive dependent on experience.

The role will include:

You will have the following skills:

Please submit your up to date CV along with a covering letter by email to Nick Wright Contact Number 0116 3669926

Closing date 12 January 2018


No terminology in this advert is intended to discriminate on the grounds of gender, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion, or belief, and we confirm that we will gladly accept all applications.


PE and Sport Premium Funding for Schools

Posted on: December 21st, 2017 by simon winfield No Comments

What ways can you use your PE and Sport Premium funding?

In September 2017, we reported on the Governments plans to double PE and Sport Premium funding. A decision that we championed here at Red Monkey Play.

As with all these funding pots there are restrictions on the spending so we have put together a simple guide on what this means and how best to invest the funds.

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How much do I get and what can I spend it on?

Primary Schools with over 17 pupils will receive a minimum of £16000 PE and Sport Premium Funding in 2017/18  (click here for governments guide). Schools are advised that the funding must be used to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport that the school offer and this means that schools should use the premium to:

*    Develop or add to the PE and sport activities that your school already offers
*    Build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years

The guidance is quite clear, you can use the funding to improve your play areas and equipment. Using the funding in this way means it will go on to benefit pupils for years to come.

An offer for you!

Therefore, for a limited period we are offering all schools who spend a minimum of £8000 of their PE and Sport Premium Funding with us a FREE BALANCE WEAVE WORTH £399, that means you get ONE FREE EXTRA PIECE OF EQUIPMENT within your project and children can be even more active!

If you would like to find out more about our products and services we offer call us now on 0116 366 9922 to arrange a without obligation free site visit or complete the Online Consultation Form by clicking here.

See below for more details on our products and how we can help.

Aerial View of Primary School Playground Installation

How can Red Monkey Help?                                                                   

We are one of the UK’s leading Playground Creation Specialists working with Primary Schools across the Country to provide active, fun and challenging play and learning equipment. Our Physical Development Products are developed to build and encourage physical development and activity.

Trim Trails, Climbing Walls and our Outdoor Gym range are a great way to invest your PE and Sport Premium Funding as they enable primary aged children to develop physically whilst also encouraging and developing motor skills, upper body strength, core strength and balance. Children will be more active, burn more energy and when the items are used as part of everyday activity will help the fight against childhood obesity.

If you want to focus more on Sports Activity then we offer a wide range of Multi Use Games Areas (MUGA) products including football and hockey goals, target walls, cricket boards, basketball posts and nets and many more. Playground Markings can help to create activity areas within your existing playgrounds.

This is a subject close to our heart and for many years we have campaigned and supported our young children to be more active, we are delighted to support schools in getting the most from their funding.

Please note this offer is limited so call us now on 0116 3669922 to arrange a without obligation FREE SITE VISIT or complete the Online Consultation Form by clicking here.

Red Monkey’s sponsorship helps children cross the line!

Posted on: November 17th, 2017 by Alex Stone No Comments

We are pleased to have sponsored the Oadby and Wigston Primary Schools Cross Country League for the second year running. Red Monkey donated £200 to the event which has enabled the league to buy trophies and medals for the children participating.

The Oadby and Wigston Primary Schools Cross Country League is designed to be fun, innovative and challenging for children aged 7 to 12, with the league being competitive, yet supportive to all athletes. The 2017 league consisted of three races that took place at Wigston Academy, in Leicester on September 14th, October 5th and November 9th.

Sam Conlon, Headteacher at Glenmere Primary School who organises the event commented, “The Oadby and Wigston  Primary Schools Cross Country League was set up in 2016 and over the last two years it has really grown. The feedback from schools and parents about the league has been so positive and it was great to see so many children from different schools in the area competing and winning their races, and a variety of schools having success in the team awards.”

“The support from Red Monkey has been amazing as it has helped us provide end of season trophies for the event,” said Sam, “With Red Monkey’s continued support we are able to make it a real success and send home very happy children and proud parents, who left with their trophies.”

We had already developed a relationship with Sam from sponsoring the Cross-Country League last year, and Managing Director, Simon Winfield, was delighted to be able to provide the trophies for this year’s event. 24 trophies and medals were provided by Red Monkey for 8 different age groups who entered the league.

Simon Winfield explained, “We were extremely proud to sponsor the Oadby and Wigston Primary Schools Cross Country League by donating the trophies. We love getting involved with our local community and this event really helps with children’s development and keeping them active.”

Our latest outdoor classroom – The Earth Pod

Posted on: October 19th, 2017 by Alex Stone No Comments

Red Monkey Play have a wide range of wooden outdoor classrooms; however, they have now added their latest version the “Earth Pod”. The outdoor classroom has been inspired by working with schools and nurseries and has a distinct fantasy appeal with large round front doors and round double-glazed window to ensure it is bathed in light.

Crafted from high quality timber the environment created is conducive to learning and really engages children and teachers with both very keen to use it at any opportunity. Natural, earthy and eco themes run throughout the outdoor classroom which is handmade in the Red Monkey factory using sustainable timbers and materials – the outdoor classroom is immersed in light and fully insulated. The “Earth Pod” can be used throughout the year as it retains heat in hotter months, is fully waterproof in winter, yet fresh and cool during summer.

The quirky and appealing design has proven to engage with children offering them something different to their normal learning environment, the ‘pod’ also helps retain children’s interest and concentration in lessons and discussions.

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The Earth Pod, Learning Outdoors, Fun Classroom

Measuring 4m long and 2.5m wide there’s plenty of space for both children and teachers. The outdoor classroom lends itself to a wide range of internal designs – it can be fitted with bench seating, a relaxing reading room or desks and chairs can be added for one-to-one or small group lessons.

As standard, the Earth Pod is finished with a natural wooden exterior, however there is an option to upgrade this to an artificial grass covering. This further increases the fantasy look and appeal which also creates a great sensory texture and with the additional electrics package (which can be added) the ‘pod’ creates the ideal sensory learning area.

Dwayne Toon, Headteacher at Rolleston Primary School said, “we absolutely love our “Earth Pod” outdoor classrooms, the first has proved such a success that we have already added a second to serve as a sensory room to be used by children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) requirements. The individual fantasy design engages children and teachers alike and we are now working with Red Monkey on an internal version because we have found children concentrate and learn much better in this different environment”.

The “Earth Pod” is competitively priced at £6895 + vat and is a very cost-effective option for increasing learning space in schools, many of which are desperate to find additional space rather than using cloakrooms and corridors.

For more information please call our friendly Customer Service Team on 0116 3669922. O for more of our latest products click here

Stunning Aerial View of Primary School Playground Installation

Posted on: October 15th, 2017 by simon winfield No Comments

Stunning Aerial Video of Primary School Playground Installation from Red Monkey. Playground Installation featuring a multi-challenge Adventure Climbing frame, football goals and activity boards, outdoor classroom, play stage, artificial grass and sensory surfacing and fabulous Playground markings.

The installation is located at Forest Lodge Primary School in Leicester and we used a drone to capture the quality of the playground installation so that you can see the wide range and quality of Red Monkey Playground installations. To find out what the Head Teacher had to say visit our case study

When planning a playground for Primary School children it is vital to have a range of areas to accommodate the needs and learning requirements of all children. In this Aerial View of Primary School Playground Installation  we created an active area with lots of playground markings to help children develop strength and fitness along with motor skills which is adjacent to a real active area incorporating metal “goals” and activity boards which also incorporate Basketball hoops developing a MUGA (Multi use game area) a great feature to keep lots of children active and also provides an area for sports so you could consider incorporating this within your playground as part of you Government PE and Sports Funding progressing through the playground we have an outstanding feature of the adventure Climbing Frame tower which incorporates so many activities that it will keep a whole class of children occupied for hours and also meet the needs of developing fitness and motor skills.

As you will then see from our Aerial View of Primary School Playground Installation we have an outdoor classroom providing an ideal location for outdoor learning and encouraging children to become involved in the environment. For those budding actors and “pop stars” we have included a “stage” encouraging children to become creative and interact with their colleagues alongside which we have a range of outdoor musical instruments to provide the musical accompaniment.

To find out how Red Monkey can help you develop your Playground call our friendly Customer Service Team on 0116 3669922 and arrange your free consultation.



Climbing Frames for Primary School Children

Posted on: October 6th, 2017 by simon winfield No Comments

One of the products that is most requested by people visiting the Red Monkey website or contacting us are Climbing Frames Primary School Children. At Red Monkey we have a wide range of climbing frames for Primary School Children from a simple and easy to use Monkey bars through to our Island Units that incorporate a wide range of climbing features designed to encourage physical development and motor skills in Primary aged children.

In the modern world many schools and teachers have identified that children have a lack of body strength and see this as a key area for development in young children, with normal school play equipment this is difficult to achieve and that is why Red Monkey have developed a range of climbing frames and equipment to develop these key aspects of development. Simon Winfield, Managing Director says “It has become very common for us when visiting schools that teachers express their desire to have equipment for children to develop their upper body strength, in the modern world children are not as active as they have been in the past and this is a real concern for their development, these requests and feedback led us to task our Product Development in developing a range of equipment to meet the needs of the teachers and children”.

Many of the units that have been developed can be found in our brochure which can be downloaded from the website or by clicking here and we continue to develop our range of Climbing frames Primary School Children so if you cannot find what you are looking for please contact us by calling 0116 3669922 unfortunately we just cant keep us to date with all of our exciting developments. What we can ensure is a high quality play and learning equipment at affordable prices that has been crafted with care and inspired and development with the help of teaching and education professionals. That means you can rely on Red Monkey to make your decisions easier – read some of our case studies and find out what our customers say.

Want to know more than have a read of this great article on the value of children climbing

Backing Government plans to increase PE and sports premium for primary schools 

Posted on: October 2nd, 2017 by Alex Stone No Comments

The Department for Education has recently confirmed that the PE and sports premium for primary schools  will double. From September 2017, schools across the country will benefit from a significant amount of extra funding. With all Primary schools receiving a minimum of £16000 PE and sport premium funding.

For a company like us, who work in the interest of young people’s education, the Secretary of State’s announcement came as a relief. The learning development specialists design, manufacture and install outdoor play equipment for schools and nurseries. They’re hoping that they may choose to use the funding for investing in such equipment to keep children active.

Simon Winfield is the Managing Director at Red Monkey.

“The fact that the PE and sport premium for primary schools funding has doubled is fantastic news for children in education, because schools can use this to encourage students to be more involved in healthy activities.”

Schools can use the additional funds to develop or add to the PE and sports activities
that they currently offer. Some may choose to invest in sports coaching, while others
may use the money to install extra equipment that encourage physical activity and development.

With ongoing discussions in the press encouraging young people to become more
active and healthy, the PE and sport premium funding increase comes at a time where change is needed. It
has been argued that children of today are lacking in motor skills, such as balancing,
strength and coordination. Simon works with schools to help primary students in these
key areas.

“We work with many schools where products are needed to help children build up their upper body strength. Equipment such as climbing walls and traverse walls allow children to improve these skills by hanging and supporting their body weight. Our play equipment is designed to give them a challenge with an element of fun at the same time.”

As the Government continues to invest in this area, funding will allow schools to
continue to use physical education and sport as a tool to improve emotional and
physical health and well-being amongst children.

To support this initiative Red Monkey have launched a new Outdoor Gym equipment range specifically designed for Primary School children click here for more information on the range.

As a supplier to schools and as a member of the British Educational Suppliers Association, Simon believes that schools are often under funded for these type of items.

“These are key items that are required in education nowadays, but until now, the funding hasn’t been there. Hopefully the Government will continue to invest and schools will take advantage of this premium increase, improving sports and PE opportunities for young people.”


Red Monkey invest in adult apprenticeship scheme for employees

Posted on: October 2nd, 2017 by Alex Stone No Comments

We have cause to celebrate as eight of our manufacturing staff complete adult apprenticeships in Business Improvement Techniques.

We have seen great benefits in enrolling in the scheme. Many of our employees who took
part had not received business specific qualifications previously, and we wanted to change this.

Managing director, Simon Winfield said:

“We’re extremely pleased with the outcomes of the apprenticeships. The team now have skills that they can use in their normal working day to help improve the efficiency of the business. It’s helped them to work with their colleagues closer and we’re proud of the hard work and dedication that they have shown throughout their training.”

The twelve-month course required one day of training per week per person, which was
incorporated into their working week. The team gained skills such as project management
and working effectively in a team environment.

Dale Cox was one of the eight employees to complete the course.

“I believe the apprenticeships have really helped the team and the company in general. Personally, I’ve learnt to manage my workload a lot better. I’m also progressing from working on a bench to eventually becoming a team leader, managing my own team.”

Many of our apprentices also gained qualifications in Maths and English, alongside their Business Improvement Techniques qualification. Since completing the course, two new members of staff have expressed an interest in enrolling in the program.

Simon is positive that this will keep them at the forefront of the industry. He hopes that the training gained from the scheme will continue to have a positive impact and prove beneficial to the business.

Selby is very impressed with his daughters play house

Posted on: October 2nd, 2017 by Alex Stone No Comments

Snooker world champion teams up with Red Monkey to open up to new markets

We have formed a new relationship with Leicester born world snooker champion, Mark Selby, in line with plans to open up to new premium residential markets.

The snooker star was introduced to us at the Leicester Mercury Sports Awards in
January this year. Our MD Simon Winfield and Mark Selby struck up a relationship
that we hope will be beneficial for years to come.

We agreed to design and install a brand new outdoor play house for Selby’s two-year- old daughter Sofia. In return, the snooker legend will be working with us more closely, helping to promote and raise our profile in the area. We are hopeful that the newly formed relationship will bring new business opportunities.

Simon, commented:

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 this aspect of what we can do.

Selby, who was pleased with the professionalism and creativity of the business,

“I’m very impressed with the outdoor 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. Most probably know them for supplying to schools and nurseries, but I believe that there is a huge gap in the residential market for them”.

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New children’s adventure playground at Sunnyside Garden Centre Ibstock

Posted on: August 21st, 2017 by Toni Kemal No Comments

Red Monkey 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.

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Red Monkey 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

Red Monkey Products are available to view and order through their website or by calling 0116 3669922.

To find out more about Sunnyside Garden Centre click here


Making your decision easier

Posted on: July 11th, 2017 by Toni Kemal No Comments

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 Toni Kemal 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 Toni Kemal 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.


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



Exciting New Partnership with Teaching Consultants

Posted on: March 3rd, 2017 by Toni Kemal 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.

Exciting New Partnership with Teaching Consultants

Sand Play in the Sun

Posted on: July 28th, 2016 by Toni Kemal 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 Toni Kemal 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.

Planting & Growing for Healthy Eating

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.

Planting & Growing for Healthy Eating

A gift to St Peter at Gowts Primary School

Posted on: October 11th, 2016 by Toni Kemal 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 Toni Kemal 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 Toni Kemal 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!