EYFS Playground Equipment

EYFS Playground Equipment

For early years children we have a variety of playground features including imaginative equipment, furniture, markings and activity trails.

Early Years Play Area

Early Years Play Area

Younger children can learn a variety of skills from playing outdoors and using different types of equipment, toys and floor markings which offer a number of activities.

Under 5s Play Structures

Under 5s Play Structures

We have many products including climbing towers, bridges, trim trails and balancing beams which can be used separately or as part of a larger obstacle course for schools and nurseries.

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EYFS Playground Equipment

As professional consultants to primary schools and suppliers of EYFS playground equipment we specifically design our furniture and outdoor play equipment.

Not only does this help in promoting more active lifestyles, but also helps enhance children’s personal and social development which is crucial to the national curriculum set out by OFSTED. The outdoor play equipment comes in a range of designs and we can be flexible with our designs to fit your needs.

For further information on the specifications and prices for School Playground Equipment, please get in touch with our professional team today.

We have a huge range of products which could be supplied and installed as part of an exciting and interactive outdoor games space design.

Types of EYFS Playground Equipment

Playground equipment designed for EYFS settings should be age-appropriate, safe, and encourage the development of key skills. Here are some types of EYFS playground equipment:

Climbing Frames:

  • Low-level climbing frames with platforms and steps suitable for early years children.
  • Handrails and footholds at different heights to encourage climbing and coordination.


  • Low, gentle slides designed for young children.
  • Some slides may have built-in steps or ladders for easy access.


  • Bucket swings designed for toddlers.
  • Traditional swings with safety features such as high backs and safety straps.

Sand and Water Play:

  • Sand and water tables with sensory features.
  • Buckets, spades, and other tools for imaginative play.

Role Play Structures:

Balancing Equipment:

  • Low-level balance beams.
  • Stepping stones or logs at ground level.

Musical Play Equipment:

  • Outdoor musical instruments such as xylophones, drums, or chimes.
  • Encourages creativity and sensory development.

Mark-Making Surfaces:

  • Chalkboards or whiteboards for drawing and writing.
  • Paint panels or panels that can be written on with water.

Nature and Sensory Play:

  • Planters with child-friendly plants.
  • Sensory paths with different textures underfoot.

Outdoor Classrooms:

  • Covered areas for outdoor learning activities.
  • Benches or seating for group activities and storytime.

Tunnels and Dens:

  • Low tunnels or crawl spaces.
  • Den-making materials such as fabric or natural materials.

Sports Equipment:

  • Mini goal posts for ball games.
  • Targets for throwing and aiming activities.

Safety Surfacing:

EYFS Playground Equipment Prices

The average cost of EYFS playground equipment is £2,400 - £5,600.

Prices can vary for each different product and it completely depends on your budget and what you need. A range of different sizes, shapes and designs are available and these factors all affect the overall costs.

If you want to know more on the costs and prices of any EYFS playground equipment complete the contact form. We will reply back to offer advice, consultancy, designs, specifications, quotes and even maintenance details for everything you might be interested in.

Make sure the early years children have the tools to develop their social skills, be imaginative in their thoughts, able to communicate in groups and be learning while playing outside.

Benefits of Playground Equipment for EYFS

Playground equipment for Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) provides numerous benefits for the development and well-being of young children. Here are some of the key advantages:

Physical Development:

  • Gross Motor Skills: Climbing, swinging, sliding, and other activities help children develop and strengthen their gross motor skills.
  • Coordination: Engaging with different types of outdoor play equipment improves hand-eye coordination and overall body control.

Social Skills:

  • Cooperation: Playgrounds provide opportunities for children to engage in cooperative play, sharing outdoor play equipment and taking turns.
  • Communication: Interacting with peers during play helps develop language and communication skills.

Cognitive Development:

  • Problem-Solving: Negotiating spaces, figuring out how to use equipment, and overcoming small challenges contribute to cognitive development.
  • Imagination and Creativity: Play structures that encourage imaginative play stimulate creativity and cognitive flexibility.

Sensory Stimulation:

  • Tactile Sensation: Sand and water play, as well as textured surfaces, provide tactile stimulation.
  • Auditory Stimulation: Musical equipment contributes to auditory sensory development.

Emotional Development:

  • Confidence Building: Successfully navigating and mastering playground equipment boosts a child's confidence.
  • Emotional Regulation: Play provides an outlet for expressing emotions and learning to manage them.

Risk Management Skills:

  • Appropriate Risk-Taking: Children learn to assess and manage risks in a controlled environment, promoting a healthy approach to risk.

Language Development:

  • Vocabulary Expansion: Playgrounds offer opportunities for children to describe their actions, communicate with others, and expand their vocabulary.

Independence and Decision-Making:

  • Choice and Autonomy: Selecting activities and deciding how to approach them fosters a sense of independence.
  • Decision-Making: Children learn to make decisions, assess situations, and problem-solve during play.

Physical Activity and Health:

  • Exercise: Active play contributes to the overall physical health and well-being of children.
  • Fresh Air and Vitamin D: Outdoor play promotes exposure to fresh air and sunlight, supporting physical health.

Parental Engagement:

  • Social Interaction: Playgrounds often serve as meeting places for parents, facilitating social interaction and community building.

Promotion of Inclusivity:

  • Accessible Design: Inclusive playgrounds are designed to accommodate children of all abilities, fostering a sense of belonging.

Preparation for School:

  • Readiness Skills: Playground activities help develop skills that are beneficial for a smooth transition to a school setting.

Under 5s Play Area Design

Our Early Years Foundation Stage equipment is perfectly designed and specified for many primary schools and kindergarten centres.

The reason for this is because we don’t just look at trim trails and activity furniture to be used for activity although it is great for this. There is a wide range of climbing structures and creative items which can be supplied as well.

Children under 5 can experience taking safe risks by playing on these pieces of outdoor play equipment with safety surfacing underneath if they fall.

This will naturally start to develop a mixture of physical skills such as balancing, strength, and upper/lower body coordination as they are participating in games using these pieces of apparatus.

Children's Social Skills

As well as balance, strength and body coordination skills being developed in the young learners, OFSTED want us to promote and design furniture for group play activities. For example creating structures which allow the children to be part of teams is great because it encourages interaction with others and helps the children gain communication skills.

As they partake in games with teams their imaginative thoughts can create many more activities which will hopefully enhance their social competence and communication skills.

This is going to be very important in later life for work and personal development. The thoughts and great minds can go into fairy tale games, storytelling ideas and all this is looked at in OFSTED ratings.

Early Years Foundation Stage Furniture

With regards to the Early Years Foundation Stage Furniture, this may be anything from seating areas and benches to shelters and creative play furnishings.

If you allow the play furniture to have the imaginative effect then you will find kids nowadays can spend hours entertained creating their own fun ideas such as den making and building sand castles in the sand pits which could also integrate in being a long jump athletics facility.

If you are serious in looking to transform your early years playground facility then you really need to take a step into how children think – be creative, be imaginative because the young learners have amazing minds so allow them to stimulate their thoughts into activity.

Allow kids to follow playground markings on the tarmac through mazes and they will make endless errors but with their minds correcting this they are learning all the time while playing in the fresh air.

As we have teamed with many early year practitioners over the years we understand the outdoor environments needed to be created for the play areas so the students can meet the OFSTED curriculum.

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Deciding which products are great for the early years foundation stage is hard to explain through an article.

If you fill in the contact form it can be explained much more easily with videos, images, PDFs and details of the products available to you. Some outdoor play equipment helps children understand and develop their PSED through turn taking and communication.

Play units can be creative to role play as being a supermarket, post office or church so we try to develop all our materials to be open to the imagination and creativity of your younger ones.

Request a callback and enquire about the EYFS playground equipment today by completing our contact form.

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