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  • Music in unexpected places - good for your city and soul
    Percussion Play
    Outdoor musical instruments provide the perfect opportunity to enjoy music-making in unexpected surroundings. Pocket music parks or mini music stations are a relatively low-cost, easy way to revitalise areas that have been...
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  • Playground safety - back to basics
    Proludic Play & Sports Areas
    Keeping kids safe in the playground Despite our best efforts, accidents can still take place in playgrounds, but there are steps that we can take to minimise risk. There are many ways that we can turn playgrounds into prosperous...
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  • Parkour – A Guide to Free Running
    Redlynch Leisure Installations
    Parkour is a rapidly expanding urban sport which is based around free running, where people climb, swing and jump from one obstacle to another. The sport we know it as today originated in the suburbs of Paris, and is now gaining...
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  • The effects of play on childhood mental health
    Sovereign Design Play Systems
    A survey conducted by Persil found that 74% of children play outside for less than an hour a day. Sovereign aims to help schools and nurseries across the UK to prevent and improve mental health problems in children by providing...
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  • Creating memorials with outdoor musical instruments
    Percussion Play
    There is nothing quite like time spent outdoors in a beautiful space for remembering a loved one. A memorial music garden can act as a healing place for contemplation, somewhere to offer a peaceful, calming atmosphere where...
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  • Choosing gates for playgrounds and play areas
    Jacksons Fencing
    Things to consider when choosing a playground gate. Access for emergency services is essential. An ambulance should be able to drive right up to the play area in all weather conditions with enough room for a trolley bed to fit...
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  • Simple Pentatonic Instruments for Early Years Settings
    Percussion Play
    Playing outdoor musical instruments in a free-play environment, where there are no wrong notes, can lead to a life-long love of music and music-making. Through active learning – hands-on, participative, and interactive –...
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  • How to create a wild garden to encourage wildlife
    Sovereign Design Play Systems
    As natural play continues to dominate the education sector, more Schools than ever are incorporating wild gardens into their grounds to support the national curriculum. From Early Years through to Primary education, learning...
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  • Waterplay – A Rich And Valuable Learning Experience
    Timotay Playscapes
    Waterplay already has a prominent place in nurseries and preschool settings. Waterplay provides hours of fun and a multitude of fantastic learning and development opportunities. It provides rich and valuable childhood experiences...
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  • The benefits of encouraging outdoor play in Early Years
    Sovereign Design Play Systems
    Away from the physical constraints of a classroom setting, there are countless opportunities to continue the development and learning of early years children outside of the school building. With an increase in screen time and...
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  • Getting your Play Facilities Holiday Ready
    Proludic Play & Sports Areas
    According to sources it is going to an exciting time for the UK holiday market and 2019 looks set to be another year where ‘staycations’ are on the rise. Are you visitor ready yet? I am sure many holiday parks up and down the...
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  • Is your play equipment safe?
    Sovereign Design Play Systems
    With summer here, more children will be visiting their local parks and outdoor play areas, so now is the time to inspect your play equipment. Regular maintenance inspections are essential in ensuring that play equipment stays...
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  • Determining thickness and area size for safety surfacing
    RTC Safety Surfaces
    The following information is designed to help assess the depth and area size of safety surfacing required. Depth of surfacing The depth of surfacing required is calculated according to the Free Fall Height (FFH) of any play...
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  • Adapting outdoor spaces for intergenerational play
    Percussion Play
    Adding intergenerational play elements such as outdoor musical instruments to public spaces encourages connectivity and, due to its universal appeal, playing music can successfully bridge intergenerational gaps. The combined...
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  • Outdoor music therapy for children with special needs
    Percussion Play
    Outdoor musical instruments in the playground provide a non-threatening and fun outlet for creative and emotional expression and, through the medium of music, many essential life skills can be learned. Music can have a profound...
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