Primary School Play Equipment

Primary School Play Equipment

For primary schools looking to improve their outdoor space, we offer a variety of different products like climbing equipment, play towers, bridges and outdoor toys.

School Play Features

School Play Features

Ofsted always advise having imaginative and engaging outdoor areas, so incorporating different types of equipment can be very beneficial for the children's development.

Children's Building Panels

Children's Building Panels

We offer recreational building panels in a range of sizes, shapes and colours so that kids can build dens and other structures on the school playground.

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Primary School Playground Equipment

During Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 at school children start to learn lots of different skills, so we supply primary school playground equipment to enhance their development.

The products we have available are specially designed for children to encourage physical activity, creativity and problem solving skills.

You can choose from timber trim trails, playhouses, sensory play, towers, drawing boards, building blocks and loads of other outdoor features. For more information about the play equipment we supply at School Playground Equipment Ltd, please fill out the contact form above. 

What do you put in a School Playground?

Designing a school playground involves considering various factors to create a space that is safe, engaging, and promotes physical activity, social interaction, and creative play. Here are some common elements and features found in school playgrounds:

Play Structures:

  • Basket Swings and Nest Swings: Both traditional swings and accessible swings for children with disabilities.
  • Slides: Different sizes and styles for various age groups.
  • Climbing Structures: Such as jungle gyms, rock walls, or rope structures.

Safety Surfacing:

  • Rubber Mulch, Wetpour, or Artificial Grass: Providing a soft surface to cushion falls and reduce injuries.

Open Play Areas:

  • Grassy Spaces: For running, sports, and other open activities.
  • Courts: Basketball or tennis courts for organised sports.

Shade Structures:

  • Covered Areas: Shade sails, pavilions, or covered benches to protect children from the sun.


  • Benches and Picnic Tables: Spaces for children to rest, eat, or socialise.


  • Trees and Plants: Adding natural elements to the playground, promoting a sense of nature.

Educational Features:

  • Chalkboards or Whiteboards: Encouraging creative expression and learning through play.
  • Musical Instruments: Outdoor musical instruments for sensory stimulation.

Sports Equipment:

  • Goal Posts: For sports like soccer or hockey.
  • Basketball Hoops: Encouraging team sports and physical activity.

Accessibility Features:

  • Wheelchair-Accessible Ramps and Structures: Ensuring inclusivity for children with disabilities.

Art Installations:

  • Interactive Art: Sculptures, murals, or other artistic elements that engage children's creativity.

Bike Racks:

Water Features:

  • Water Fountains or Splash Pads: Especially important in warmer climates for cooling down and staying hydrated.

Social Spaces:

  • Buddy Benches or Friendship Corners: Spaces designed to promote social interaction and inclusivity.

When designing a school playground, it's crucial to consider the age range of the students, safety regulations, and accessibility standards. Involving the school community, including students, teachers, and parents, in the planning process can also help ensure the playground meets the specific needs and preferences of the school.

How much does Primary School Playground Equipment Cost?

The average cost of primary school playground equipment is £5,000 - £10,000.

The cost of primary school playground equipment can vary widely based on several factors, including the type and quantity of play equipment, the quality of materials, installation requirements, and any additional features or customisation.

Benefits of Primary School Playground Equipment

Primary school playground equipment offers a range of benefits that contribute to the overall development and well-being of students. Here are some key advantages:

Physical Health:

  • Exercise: Outdoor playground equipment encourages physical activity, helping children develop gross motor skills, strength, balance, and coordination.
  • Cardiovascular Health: Active play supports cardiovascular health and helps combat issues like childhood obesity.

Social Development:

  • Teamwork: Multi-user equipment promotes collaboration and teamwork, fostering social skills and cooperation.
  • Communication: School playgrounds provide opportunities for children to communicate, negotiate, and resolve conflicts in a less structured environment.

Cognitive Development:

  • Problem-Solving: Playgrounds often include challenges that require problem-solving skills, stimulating cognitive development.
  • Imagination and Creativity: Play structures can serve as settings for imaginative play, fostering creativity and storytelling.

Emotional Well-being:

  • Stress Relief: Outdoor play is linked to stress reduction and improved mood, providing a break from academic pressures.
  • Confidence Building: Successfully navigating and mastering school playground equipment can boost a child's confidence and self-esteem.


  • Accessible Playground Design: Inclusive playground equipment ensures that children of all abilities can participate in play, promoting a sense of belonging.
  • Equal Opportunities: Playgrounds provide a common ground for diverse students to interact and play together.

Academic Performance:

  • Cognitive Benefits: Regular physical activity has been linked to improved cognitive function and academic performance.
  • Energy Release: Playgrounds offer a way for children to release excess energy, potentially aiding in focus and concentration in the classroom.

Community Building:

  • Parent and Community Engagement: Playgrounds can serve as gathering places, fostering connections among parents, teachers, and the community.
  • Events and Activities: Playgrounds can be used for school events, promoting a sense of community and school spirit.

Life Skills:

  • Risk Management: Playgrounds offer a controlled environment for children to assess and manage risks, an essential life skill.
  • Resilience: Overcoming challenges on the playground contributes to the development of resilience in the face of setbacks.

Health Habits:

  • Establishing Healthy Habits: Engaging in physical activity from a young age helps instill a habit of an active lifestyle, contributing to lifelong health.

Environmental Connection:

  • Appreciation for Nature: Primary school playgrounds with green spaces or natural elements foster a connection to the environment and encourage outdoor exploration.

Outdoor Playground Ideas

We would advise that you decide on a budget for any school play equipment you are looking to buy so we can help you choose the right products at the best price for your school.

Some of the most popular features for primary KS1 and KS2 play areas include agility courses, climbing structures, role playhouses and creativity tables.

These are perfect for primary age children because they can use their imaginations to make up different games, and also use the furnishings to learn physical and cognitive skills.

It's great to have a diverse range of toys and features in the playground as kids can use them for lots of actvities. They could be incorporated into outdoor learning environments as well as just for fun at break times.

This offers many benefits for kids of various age groups and abilities as they can improve their communication skills and use games to understand the world better.

Kids' Outdoor Furniture

We also have a range of furniture and storage products so children can use tables and chairs for outdoor learning environments, and other toys can be packed away neatly when not in use.

Some of the benches even double up as storage containers with hollow boxes under the seats to keep building blocks and other toys. These are great for teaching children to tidy up after themselves and put away things they are not using so they don’t get lost or damaged.

Please take a few minutes to complete our contact form if you’d like some information about prices of primary school playground equipment for your outdoor play area.

We are experts in these products and we can send over detailed sheets and examples of everything we offer so don’t hesitate to ask if you need anything.

School Playground Games Design

It’s important for primary level children to have an engaging outdoor play space that helps them to learn and become more active during lessons, play times and extracurricular activities.

As well as a range of climbing frames and active play structures, we can also provide things like games panels and creativity tables.

These let the children take part in problem solving games as well as being creative with drawing and painting onto chalk boards and transparent panels.

You can also include sensory play features as part of the school playground games design so the children can get experience of different environments.

Play equipment like discovery sand pits and water tables are great because the kids can learn about how sand and water move by using channeling apparatus like funnels and tubes.

These school activities are often recommended by OFSTED for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 because they encourage discovery and help kids to learn about the environment around them. 

EYFS groups also use the sensory toys and play equipment for early stages of development and games with younger children.

What is Primary School Equipment?

Primary school equipment is different from EYFS and nurseries equipment as the pupils using these features are older. This means that you can install more advanced equipment that older children can play on that is at their level of difficulty.

An older child will get bored quickly if they continuously use apparatus designed for 4 year olds, and therefore we provide activities that are better suited to their age. This can include trim trails, taller climbing features and gym equipment.

We have a range of diverse products to choose from so don't hesitate to ask if you are interested in anything particular. We can put together some items which fit into your budget and the specification you want.

To find out more about the KS1 and KS2 apparatus that we offer, fill out the contact form provided. 

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Get in Touch!

We have numerous different types of primary school playground equipment that you can choose from for your school so don’t hesitate to contact us today by completing our enquiry form.

Depending on your budget we can suggest some products which may be best suited for you and help you create a complete outdoor play area design for the kids.

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