Shefford Lower School wanted to revamp its whole playground and approached Setter Play for a full design plan.
The existing playground was quite dull and the school wanted to brighten this up to make it more interesting for the children.
Schools approaching Setter Play for a design of an area are presented with close up designs of every area so that they can visualise what will be there and how it will look within the area. A larger illustration of the whole project is also supplied, including where they will be in comparison to the buildings and environment.
Visualisations for the designs for Shefford Lower School area were drawn out along with a short description of what would be included. Designs were presented to the governors and some changes were made and ideas added. The finished project pictures show that some areas are different from the original designs; these are the changes that were implemented after the designs were drawn up.
A tree house was built on a cut down tree. This uses the most of the area and gives children more places to use imaginative role play. The big windows in the tree house enable teachers to see inside, helping to reduce the risk of bullying or isolation from others. Two access options give children different options to get up and down from the tree house platform, minimising the chance of arguments between children on who is going into the house first.
Setter ensured the design was brightly coloured, interesting and had lots of opportunity of imaginative play. A planting area teaches children about different plants that grow at different times during the year and how to care for them.
Play areas have different surfacing to suit each area best. By installing different coloured artificial grass around the story teller's chair it makes it clearer for the children that this is a special area for certain play, and helps keep quiet areas more private from the other activities going on.
Artificial grass was installed around the existing slide play area to improve children's safety. This also means it can be played on all year without getting muddy and slippery.
The playground is now a much more colourful and interesting area of the children to play in. It encourages the children to get involved and learn things hands on.