After a year of children being in and out of school, and lockdowns restricting sports and outdoor activities, we discuss the advice to 'let children play' for their mental health. Mental health experts have urged that 'access to high quality play opportunities' is prioritised. The ongoing pandemic has meant that many children have gone without social interaction of their own age groups for long periods of time, and will have been very challenging for most.
Creating safe segmented play zones
Experts suggest that small groups of children should be allowed to play without social distancing, which could mean the introduction of segmented areas in school playgrounds. For children's play areas, fencing should be installed up to 1.2 metres high, and be made from high quality timber or steel.
Avoid hospital visits
Children's playgrounds can be dangerous places if they are not properly planned and installed by professionals, and according to RoSPA, account for 40,000 visits to hospital per year which could be avoided by following our advice. Installing well planned, safe playgrounds can help to prevent visits to A&E and relieve pressure on doctors. Common injuries from unsafe playgrounds include:
Install while children are not present
Our installers are all DBS checked to work in schools but it will cause less disruption and prevent unnecessary contact with more people if installation happens during school holidays. Furthermore, it will be a nice welcome for children to arrive at a school with a brand new look for their play area. For advice or to order playground fencing, contact us today.
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