What to Consider When Designing a School Playground

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Planning a playground for your school but don’t know where to start when it comes to design?

In this article, we’ll discuss what you need to consider when designing the perfect playground for your school,  and how Kidzspace can help.

Factors to Consider When Designing a Playground for Schools

So you’re ready to design your school playground. Now it’s time to pick up the pencil and get to it, right? In fact, there are many factors you need to consider before you even start if you want to get the design right.

Space You Have Available

The space you have available is one of the first things you need to consider when designing a playground for schools.

You need to think of this in terms of the terrain and drainage you need, the size of the equipment you want, measurements, shade, landscaping and much more.

Theme & Age Group

Is there a specific theme you want to follow, or an age group you want to cater for? This will influence a number of design decisions you make for your playground.

After all, the type of equipment you install for a four year old will not necessarily appeal to a 10 or 11 year old. 

Type of Equipment & How it’s Used

The type of play equipment you choose to install in your school will no doubt be determined by theme and age. Do you need slides and swings or something a little more tame? How often will it be used?


We all know children are usually hard on things so when designing your playground, it’s important to ensure it’s durable and long lasting. It’s also a good idea to make sure it’s weather resistant so it can be used in a variety of conditions without breaking down.


As well as ensuring you choose equipment that is durable, you might want to make sure it’s not high maintenance. The last thing you want is for your groundsman to spend half their day cleaning playground equipment when their time could be better spent elsewhere.


Even when designing playgrounds, safety is paramount. In the design process you need to anticipate any particular hazards that might occur and work out ways to circumvent them with the equipment you choose.

For instance, you might like to install rubber matting under monkey bars so if children do fall while using them, it’s a soft landing.


In any school, you should ensure that what you’re installing in your playground is accessible and inclusive for all students. You might want to think about ramps to the equipment, or a larger space around equipment for wheelchairs or mobility aids to manoeuvre easily. 


Is your school working on something of a tighter budget? While it’s not a problem for playground equipment manufacturers such as us to work around, we would suggest that you ensure you’re aware of what you can spend if you don’t want to get into a hole financially.

How Kidzspace Can Help

For over 40 years, the team at Kidzspace has specialised in play equipment and playgrounds for schools that children love.

Regardless of budget or individual requirements, our design team has the knowledge and capabilities to provide you with the right option for your school.

Get started with designing your school playground by getting in touch with our experts at Kidzspace today.

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