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8) Planning the layout

Two children conferring over their notes in a parkWhen considering the layout of the playpark students will need to consider. 

  • How much space to leave between pieces of equipment? Space is essential to allow parents or carers help young children use the equipment; to prevent collision; to avoid people nearby being struck by moving parts; and to give wheelchair users access to the equipment.
  • How to group different pieces of equipment? Will there be separate areas for toddlers and young children?
  • Whether to use safety barriers in front or around some pieces of equipment?
  • Where to place seating – for parents and children?
  • Whether to enclose the play area? If so, will students use fencing, or can careful planting and use of land be used to create natural barriers?