Preschool Playground Designs

Preschool Playground Designs

We offer plenty of products including equipment and floor graphics for nursery play areas so that kids can enjoy fun games as they learn basic skills.

Outdoor Learning Features

Outdoor Learning Features

During early years of development, it's great for kids to take part in imaginative games so they can learn to be creative as well as socialising with others by sharing toys.

Nursery Floor Markings

Nursery Floor Markings

Colourful flooring designs could be installed to an outdoor surface to create fun activities like hopscotch, target throwing and fitness trails where children can play and have fun.

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Nursery Play Area Features

We supply a variety of nursery play area features if you want to create an exciting outdoor space.

During children’s early years of development, they should be taking part in lots of cognitive and physical activities. This is to ensure that they are learning all the necessary skills that they will need before starting school.

With a fun outdoor space where the kids can take part in lots of games, you can enhance their outdoor learning and development.

Please be sure to contact us if you are interested in any products or services we offer. One of our experts will send you some more product details and talk through the costs with you personally.

Types of Nursery Playground Equipment

Nursery playgrounds are designed specifically for young children, typically those in the preschool or early childhood age range. The equipment in these playgrounds is chosen to cater to the developmental needs and abilities of toddlers and young children. Here are some common types of nursery playground equipment:

Climbing Equipment:

  • Low and wide platforms with ramps and steps.
  • Miniature climbing walls with easy-to-grip holds.
  • Soft climbing equipment that encourage gross motor skills.


  • Gentle and short slides that are low to the ground.
  • Wide slides with a gradual slope to ensure a safe descent.


  • Bucket swings with high backs and safety straps for younger children.
  • Tire swings or standard swings with appropriate safety measures.

Spring Riders:

  • Animal-shaped spring riders that bounce back and forth.
  • Rocking horses or other themed spring riders.

Sand and Water Play:

  • Sandboxes with shovels, buckets, and molds for sensory play.
  • Water tables or features for splashing and pouring activities.


  • Small play structures resembling houses or castles for imaginative play.
  • Role-playing features like a mud kitchen or market stall.

Balance and Coordination Equipment:

  • Low balance beams or stepping stones.
  • Sit-and-spin or rotating platforms.

Interactive Panels:

  • Educational panels with numbers, letters, colours, and shapes.
  • Activity panels with gears, mirrors, and textures.

Musical Play Equipment:

  • Outdoor musical instruments like drums, xylophones, or chimes.
  • Singing or talking tubes for auditory stimulation.

Tunnels and Tubes:

  • Short tunnels or tubes for crawling through.
  • Clear tubes for peek-a-boo or exploration.

Soft Play Surfaces:

Seating and Rest Areas:

Nature Play Elements:

  • Log steppers or tree stumps for a nature-inspired play experience.
  • Planters with child-friendly plants for sensory exploration.

Shade Structures:

  • Shaded areas to protect children from the sun during play.

Fencing and Gates:

  • Secure fencing with childproof gates to ensure a safe play environment.

Playground Equipment Products

Outdoor equipment is one of the most common features that we supply for a nursery play area. This can include many products including jungle gyms, trim trails, role play shops, pirate ships and musical instruments.

Depending on how the nursery area features are going to be used, you can choose a bespoke set of products which the kids can enjoy playing with and also learn valuable lessons from.

During EYFS it’s great for kids to be imaginative and creative through active games. Things like playhouses, activity tables, sand pits and towers are perfect for these kinds of games.

They allow children to take on different roles and make up their own games while socialising and making friends with others. These are key skills which are hugely beneficial for children going into primary school.

Costs of Nursery Playground Equipment

The average cost of nursery playground equipment is £5,000 - £15,000,

The costs of nursery playground equipment can vary widely depending on factors such as the type of equipment, materials used, size of the playground, and the supplier or manufacturer.

You can find a lot of different factors which affect price for instance, area measurements determines the quantity of materials necessary, the equipment that you would like fitted will even vary the price and some items will demand a much deeper surfacing because of critical fall height.

It’s important to be sure the area remains safe, and that's why we must install the surfacing to match the apparatus' CFH. This is based upon Head Injury Criteria tests (HIC) that takes into consideration the highest fall height of apparatus and the sub-base.

The critical fall height doesn’t only take into consideration the overall height of the equipment, but the height where a child would be likely to fall from.

For instance, if there was a climbing frame the critical fall height will be calculated from the highest platform the children play on, and not the rooftop covering the structure.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team today by filling in the quick and simple form on this page.

Once we receive your enquiry we’ll get back to you quickly with some further details on the costs of any equipment or surface designs you are looking for, for your nursery.

Benefits of Play Equipment for Nurseries

Incorporating play equipment into nursery environments provides a range of developmental, physical skills, social skills, and cognitive benefits for young children. Here are some key advantages:

Physical Skills:

  • Gross Motor Skills: Play equipment encourages activities such as climbing, running, jumping, and swinging, which contribute to the development of gross motor skills.
  • Fine Motor Skills: Engaging with smaller play elements, such as puzzles or manipulative toys, helps develop fine motor skills.

Cognitive Development:

  • Problem-Solving Skills: Playground equipment often involves challenges and obstacles, fostering problem-solving skills as children navigate and figure out how to use the equipment.
  • Imaginative Play: Play structures like playhouses and role-playing areas stimulate imaginative play, fostering creativity and cognitive development.
  • Educational Elements: Incorporating educational panels or interactive features on play equipment can introduce basic concepts such as numbers, letters, shapes, and colours.

Social Skills and Emotional Development:

  • Social Interaction: Playgrounds provide opportunities for children to interact with their peers, fostering social skills, cooperation, and teamwork.
  • Emotional Expression: Play allows children to express emotions and practice self-regulation as they navigate social situations and conflicts.

Sensory Stimulation:

  • Tactile Sensation: Sandboxes, water tables, and textured surfaces provide tactile stimulation, contributing to sensory development.
  • Auditory Stimulation: Musical play equipment introduces children to different sounds, promoting auditory sensory development.

Language Development:

  • Communication Skills: Interacting with others during play helps develop language and communication skills as children express themselves, share ideas, and engage in conversations.

Healthy Physical Activity:

  • Exercise: Playground equipment encourages physical activity, promoting a healthy lifestyle and helping to address concerns related to sedentary behaviour in children.
  • Coordination and Balance: Climbing, swinging, and balancing activities enhance coordination and balance.

Risk Management and Confidence Building:

  • Risk-Taking: Appropriate risk-taking in play helps children learn to assess and manage risks, contributing to the development of confidence and resilience.
  • Achievement: Overcoming challenges on playground equipment provides a sense of accomplishment and builds self-esteem.

Community Building:

  • Parent-Child Interaction: Playgrounds can be spaces where parents or caregivers interact with their children, strengthening family bonds.
  • Community Engagement: Playground equipment in nurseries can foster a sense of community as families and caregivers engage with each other while supervising their children.

Inclusion and Diversity:

  • Inclusive Design: Well-designed playground equipment ensures that children of various abilities can participate, promoting inclusivity and diversity.
  • Social Inclusion: Inclusive play environments help foster a sense of belonging for all children, regardless of their abilities or backgrounds.

Rubber Safety Flooring

You could have wet pour surfacing installed in a number of distinct colours and have designs like hopscotches installed in order to help with numeracy skills for the nursery children.

This is particularly important for young people at Early Years Foundation Stage or in kindergarten who are still developing basic skills.

Other graphics like letters, animals and roadways could also be incorporated into a nursery play area wetpour surface for playing different games.

Since the wetpour specification is a safety surface, it is perfect for use around climbing structures and other equipment as a protective flooring.

Another method our installers use for developing a dull and lifeless space into something more exciting is to apply thermoplastic markings onto the surface in various designs and shapes. T

he markings are a wonderful way to improve a facility when just on a small budget due to the overall flexibility of the price ranges.

Nursery Floor Markings

Nursery age children could discover how to connect with others along with other beneficial skills by means of games like snakes and ladders as well as other inventive outdoor playground games.

We provide a huge range of educational play markings, climbing equipment and other features which can boost the imaginative outdoor playground attributes in the area for example road track markings show children essential skills; also multi-sport facilities promote a lively and healthy lifestyle.

We can install these in various different designs so that kids can enjoy many fun activities. Let us know what sort of floor graphics you are interested in and we will put this together for you.

Preschool Outdoor Learning

For kids who are in preschool or kindergarten, outdoor learning is an important part of their overall development. Many young children find it easier to understand things like numbers and letters if they are taught through games which they enjoy.

In addition to this, spending time outside has been proven to improve children’s concentration. Therefore having a well-designed outdoor play space is perfect for nurseries and EYFS groups when teaching fundamental skills to under 5s.

Any features you want to have installed for your preschool can be specially chosen to suit a particular theme with floor surfacing and markings.

For example you could decide to have a timber ship with blue wetpour and sea creature graphics surrounding it. You might even choose to have an activity trail where the nursery kids follow a circuit including both physical equipment and instructions through floor graphics and markings.

We work to an extremely high quality to fit each of the required certifications for instance BS EN 1177, BS 1177, CHAS and also Constructionline.

Safety should always be a main priority with any children’s playground surfacing and features so we take this very seriously in every project.

Unique Nursery Playground Designs

As specialist installers we are able to make use of equipment you already have as well as adding new features to create a good-looking design and style.

For example if you've got little stepping stones we're able to fit blue wetpour rubber to generate a water look for the area.

This again can increase interactivity along with creative play in a straightforward yet effective way. It is simple enough to transfer boring and lifeless space into a fun and meaningful outdoor area for preschool which encourages active learning in addition to creative games.

Nurseries and EYFS groups have got to meet up with certain standards put down by OFSTED for outdoor learning.

Whenever playing outside, this must incorporate the idea of inventive play, physical activity, improving major abilities, making new friends, rule-making, learning from mistakes plus more.

Funding streams can give great opportunities for schools to enable them to expand their budget to make sure that their outdoor play area suits the criteria laid out by OFSTED and the school.

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What are the Key Features of a Playground?

Playgrounds are important spaces for children to engage in physical activity, social interaction, and imaginative play. The key features of a playground can vary, but generally include elements that promote fun, safety, and development. Here are some key features commonly found in playgrounds:

  • Play Structures: These are the main components of a playground and include slides, swings, climbing frames, tunnels, and other features that provide a variety of physical activities.
  • Safety Surfacing: The ground beneath and around play structures should have soft, impact-absorbing surfaces such as rubber, wood chips, or sand to reduce the risk of injuries in case of falls.
  • Swings: Swings are a classic playground feature. They can include traditional swings, tire swings, or bucket swings for younger children.
  • Climbing Structures: Playgrounds often have structures that encourage climbing, such as ladders, cargo nets, and climbing walls. These activities help develop motor skills and strength.
  • Slides: Slides are not only fun but also promote balance and coordination. They come in various sizes and designs to accommodate different age groups.
  • Seating Areas: Benches or picnic tables provide a place for parents, caregivers, or children to take a break and rest.
  • Shade and Shelter: Having shaded areas or shelters protects children from the sun and allows for play in various weather conditions.
  • Accessibility Features: Playgrounds should be designed to accommodate children with disabilities, with features like ramps, inclusive swings, and accessible pathways.
  • Imaginative Play Elements: Features like playhouses, sandboxes, and role-playing areas stimulate imaginative play and creativity.
  • Water Play: Some playgrounds incorporate water features, such as splash pads or fountains, to provide a refreshing and interactive experience, especially in warm weather.
  • Bike Paths or Trails: Including paths for bikes or scooters encourages additional physical activity and helps develop coordination.
  • Educational Components: Playgrounds can include elements that promote outdoor learning, such as alphabet boards, number games, or nature-themed installations.
  • Maintenance and Safety Signage: Clear signage outlining safety rules and maintenance schedules helps ensure a safe and well-kept play environment.
  • Landscaping: Thoughtful landscaping can enhance the overall aesthetic appeal of the playground and create a more engaging and pleasant atmosphere.
  • Community Involvement: Involving the community in the design and maintenance of the playground fosters a sense of ownership and pride.

Get in Touch 

Make sure you complete our enquiry form if you would like some advice on quotes and prices for the installation of nursery play area features as well as other products such as safety surfacing.

At School Playground Equipment Limited, we aim to come back to you with a quick response to answer any questions you have and provide you with a quote on the costs to suit your particular budget.

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