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Play Equipment for Daycares

What do you recall from your own time spent in a preschool or daycare many years ago? It’s possible that you may recall an instance or two related to a particular teacher or classroom activity. But if you’re like most folks, your memories of experiences from those formative years probably aren’t defined as much by something that happened inside the building, as much as they are from experiences out on the playground!

Play is really the learning language of a child, and that’s especially true for children aged 5 and under. To that end, there’s really no better outdoor setting for children to be able to play and enjoy themselves than a playground. Plus, if you’re currently running – or planning to launch – a licensed daycare facility, then giving children and students a safe, enjoyable place for outdoor play isn’t just a good idea; it’s actually a legal requirement!

Daycare Playground Equipment

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I just built a daycare center and called Carolina Recreation & Design to work with me for playground equipment installation. They were great. The crew they sent out was very professional; they followed the timeline they promised. Great company to work with. The playground they gave me will make a lot of kids happy and safe.


Carolina Recreation & Design was very easy to work with when our neighborhood association decided to upgrade the features at the park. From the initial contact to the final inspection, it was a great all-round experience. I would highly recommend to anyone looking to install a commercial playground in their community.


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Things to Keep in Mind When Choosing Outdoor Play Equipment for Daycares & Preschools

Benefits of Daycare Outdoor Play Equipment

Besides meeting the necessary legal requirements to be classified as a licensed care center for young children, there are many other good reasons for installing a safe, fun, and commercial-grade playground at your daycare. Commercial playgrounds for school and preschool facilities are designed for children to enable children to play, have fun, enjoy some physical activity, develop growing motor skills, learn needed social skills, and more! Here are a few benefits to note:

  • Physical benefits
  • Playing outdoors is a proven way to allow young children opportunities to fill their lungs, get their hearts pumping, stretch their limbs, and use their muscles. Daycare play equipment helps to benefit a child’s overall physical health, and also provides some great avenues for building motor skills, balance, and physical coordination.

  • Mental benefits
  • Each and every self-constructed play experience on an outdoor playground encourages young children to become more creative and helps them to gain important problem-solving skills. With a well-designed, correctly installed commercial play system in place, you’ll be helping every child in your care to grow cognitively.

  • Self-esteem benefits
  • Many young children are naturally awkward and somewhat unsure of themselves. This is partially due to the fact that they’re starting to learn how much they really don’t know yet, and they’re working hard to figure out how things work. A playground is a beautiful way to help develop a child’s confidence and self-esteem. Every time you see a preschooler try and conquer a new play element – or conquer it in a new way – you can almost see their self-confidence grow right before your eyes.

  • Social benefits
  • One of the benefits of a playground that can’t be overlooked is the opportunities it provides for young children to learn and gain needed social skills. A playground teaches children to work together and helps them to appreciate the value of completing a task with their peers. A related benefit is that outdoor play also helps children to develop and express their thoughts and emotions through important communication skills.

  • Ethics development
  • What does a playground have to do with developing a moral compass? More than you may think! The playground is really one of the first real-world scenarios where children learn about what is fair, and what isn’t. Learning how to take turns, share the equipment, and show respect to one another are absolutely vital life skills for young children to gain, and a safe, supervised playground is one of the best places to do it!

  • Coordinated learning opportunities
  • Children love unstructured time where they can create their own play experiences, but a playground brings other potential applications to daycare and preschool settings, as well. A teacher of young children can also choose to facilitate some group play experiences out on the playground to teach essential concepts in a new and fresh way. In the same way, a teacher can also use experiences out on the playground to help supplement and enhance the things they’re trying to teach children in the classroom.

  • Energy release & stress relief
  • Beyond all this, there’s also the benefit of play just for the sake of play. Long hours in a daycare or preschool classroom setting can be stressful for both children and teachers alike. Let’s face it – everybody needs a little recess time! Letting children play, run, and blow off steam helps them to burn off some of that extra energy, and it also gives teachers and staff a bit of a chance to exhale. Playground time can actually serve to make the instructional time more focused and productive for everyone involved!

Daycare Playground Equipment

Things to Keep in Mind When Choosing Outdoor Play Equipment for Daycares and Preschools

So, you know that you need a playground for your daycare or preschool. But what kinds and types of equipment should you choose? How should your playground be structured? And what features should you be looking for in your commercial-grade play equipment and standalone play features? Here are just a few important things to keep in mind:

  • Play Equipment with a Focus on Child Development
  • Play can be extremely enriching for young children, especially if you choose the right equipment for engaging young minds. In addition to traditional play features like swing sets, climbers, and monkey bars, you should also include some equipment that is specially designed to stimulate a young child’s senses. Activity panels and manipulative play features are a great inclusion.

  • Age-Appropriate Play Activities & Playground Design
  • Elementary playgrounds or other playgrounds intended for older children really aren’t the safest options for children aged 2 to 5. Better to choose a play space that is specifically designed for preschoolers. The right play elements can also be better aids for young children’s skills development needs.

  • Play Features Engineered with Safety in Mind
  • Obviously, kids want a playground to be fun, but parents, teachers, and school leaders also need a daycare playground or preschool playground to be SAFE. It really is possible to have both! It just requires you to choose play features that are engineered to offer the support which young children need, in essential areas like physical size and ability, strength, balance, coordination, and judgment skills.

  • Opportunities for Creative Play & Interactive Play
  • Children between 2 and 5 years of age develop in very different ways and at very different rates. A wise strategy for daycare playground or preschool playground planning should revolve around including elements that encourage both individualized creative play, as well as those which offer healthy opportunities for both individual and group interactive play.

  • Durable Play Components
  • One very real need for any daycare or preschool is to have play components installed, which are tough, durable, long-lasting, and require little in the way of maintenance. Daycare and preschool equipment can see a lot of regular use, and some kids can be pretty tough on it. That’s why it’s best to choose commercial play equipment made from the strongest materials, and coated with materials that promote both greater safety and longevity.

When it comes to elementary students, there’s really no debate among parents, teachers, or children’s health specialists. Those kids NEED to be let loose outside every day so they can burn off some energy! At the same time, you can’t just send them out into an uncontrolled environment. Younger children need a play space that’s designed to be fun, engaging, and safe. In other words, elementary schools need a commercial-grade playground. In addition to having a good central playground set installed (or more than one, depending upon the size of your school), you’ll also want to build in some other playground components around it. This could include popular items like swings, bridges, monkey bars, climbers, and some ADA-compliant components for inclusive play. And don’t forget to include some other great freestanding play equipment like sensory play panels, tunnels, sand & water play tables & features, etc.

Carolina Recreation & Design Is Your Best Solution for Daycare Playground Equipment

Carolina Recreation & Design offers an amazing selection of commercial playground sets for young children, as well as some great, age-appropriate, freestanding play elements and features. Here are a few of the popular play equipment designs we offer for daycares and preschools:

  • Slides
  • Swings
  • Bridges
  • Tunnels
  • Balance Beams
  • Zip Lines
  • Safe Climbers
  • Activity Panels
  • Tot Corrals
  • And more!

And here’s some REALLY good news – Carolina Recreation & Design doesn’t just provide quality playgrounds and outdoor recreational equipment for daycares and preschools. We also install everything we sell, and we can help you take care of site design, site preparation, safety surfacing, fabric shades, outdoor seating, covered shelters, and other needed site amenities. Need help with permitting, fencing, or landscaping? We can take care of that for you, too. At Carolina Recreation & Design, we’re here to provide you with a complete, turnkey solution. When you choose to partner with us, you won’t have to worry about a thing!

Got questions? Ready to get started? Give us a call today at (704) 664-1833! You can also reach out to us online by filling out this simple form. Carolina Recreation & Design has all your daycare & preschool playground equipment needs to be covered!

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