School Playground Seating

School Playground Seating

We provide seating and furniture for schools in a range of sizes and designs including benches, picnic tables, chairs and storage chests to suit exactly what you want.

Play Area Picnic Benches

Play Area Picnic Benches

Some of the most popular products we supply are picnic benches, and these are available in many different shapes and designs for EYFS nurseries up to secondary school.

Story Time Chairs

Story Time Chairs

Many schools choose to have a set of story time seats where teachers can read to the class in an outdoor space, making these activities more engaging.

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School Playground Seating

We can supply a wide range of school playground seating with many unique designs to choose from.

These products are perfect for outdoor areas where children may be taking a break from running around and playing games.

They can also be used for having lessons outside, or even as a storytelling area as it creates a more interesting environment.

You can select from a number of different seats and benches depending on your budget and the size of your school.

Get in touch with us now if you'd like some more information on the different designs and costs for these items.

School Playground Seating Ideas

Designing school playground seating requires careful consideration of various factors, such as safety, functionality, and inclusivity. Here are some creative and practical seating ideas for a school playground:

  • Playground Benches: Classic bench seating is a popular choice. You can opt for benches made of durable materials like wood, metal or concrete. Make sure the outdoor benches are smooth and well-rounded at the edges to prevent injuries.
  • Picnic Tables: Picnic tables are great for group activities, picnics, and outdoor classrooms. Choose tables with attached benches, and consider placing them under shade structures to provide relief from the sun.
  • Circular Seating: Arrange circular seating made of concrete or colourful, cushioned materials. Circular seating encourages group interaction and can be used for storytelling sessions or outdoor discussions.
  • Movable Seating: Incorporate movable seating options like large, lightweight cushions or bean bags. These can be rearranged to create different seating arrangements and are especially appealing to younger children.
  • Tire Seats: Upcycled tire seats are eco-friendly and can be painted in vibrant colours. They are relatively inexpensive and provide a comfortable seating option for children.
  • Garden Benches: Integrate garden benches with planters. This not only adds greenery to the playground but also provides functional seating. Choose outdoor benches made of materials that can withstand weather conditions.
  • Amphitheater Seating: If space allows, create a small amphitheater-like seating area using tiers. This is excellent for school performances, outdoor lectures, or student presentations. The tiers can be made of concrete, wood, or even grassy slopes.
  • Chalkboard Benches: Paint the top of benches with chalkboard paint, allowing children to draw and write while seated. This creative seating option combines fun and learning.
  • Shaded Seating: Ensure that some seating areas are shaded to protect students from the sun. You can use shade sails, pergolas, or natural elements like trees to create shaded seating spots.
  • Themed Seating: Design seating elements based on a theme that aligns with the school's values or curriculum. For example, if the school focuses on environmental education, create seating areas resembling tree stumps or animal shapes.
  • Interactive Seating: Integrate interactive elements like sensory boards, puzzles, or educational games into seating designs. These additions enhance the overall play and learning experience.
  • Inclusive Seating: Consider inclusive seating options that cater to children with different abilities. Install outdoor playground benches and seats with backrests and armrests, ensuring that everyone can comfortably enjoy the playground.
  • Natural Seating: Use natural elements like logs, boulders, or mounds to create informal seating arrangements. These elements blend with the environment and offer a rustic, organic feel to the playground.

Picnic Benches for Schools

It is common for schools to have picnic benches outside so that kids can enjoy having some fresh air during lunch time.

These items are generally made up of two benches with a table in between, providing the perfect space to eat lunch and chat with friends.

We can also provide other designs which have 4 seats around a table, or even bigger 8 seater ones.

As well as lunchtimes, these products can be used during outdoor lessons such as art and crafts in order to avoid making a mess in the classroom.

Schools often find many purposes for these versatile pieces of furniture and they can be used by kids of all ages from EYFS up to secondary school.

It is important to include a variety of different play equipment for school garden areas which are sutiable for KS1 and KS2 activities at primary age.

We can provide picnic benches for schools in a variety of designs and prices so you'll be sure to find some which suit your budget.

Storytime Seating

Another popular product is the set of storytime seating which can be used for many different activities.

This often comprises of a large chair for a teacher, and smaller chairs or stools for the children to sit on. The teacher can then sit at the front and read a story while the class sits around and listens.

Doing this can help children to develop key skills in communication, literacy and understanding the world. Ofsted look for things like this when carrying out inspections so it's an important thing to think about.

These are also available in many designs so you can choose the products that suit your playground the best.

If you want to use this kind of primary school playground seating for other activities along with reading stories, it is also perfect for conducting lessons outside.

Getting fresh air is a great way to improve children's concentration, and being outside of the classroom environment also makes lessons more engaging.

Timber Outdoor Seats

Our range of timber outdoor seats is ideal for school playgrounds as they are durable and fit well into the existing environment.

These could be placed onto grass areas in addition to tarmac play surfaces and other external spaces. It's important for kids to have somewhere to sit and relax if they have been running around and playing physical games.

Some children also prefer to spend break times chatting quietly or playing other games, so these seating areas are ideal for this as well.

Don't hesitate to contact our team today if you'd like to find out more about this timber school playground seating. We can discuss your budget and help you choose the perfect products for your exterior space.

Wooden Nursery Bench

One of the most popular outdoor furniture items that we provide is a simple wooden nursery bench.

These come in a variety of shapes and sizes for children of different ages and can be placed in many areas around the playground.

These can help to improve communication and language as kids have somewhere to sit and talk with each other during lunch times and breaks.

They could also be used in role play activities as props and for plenty of other games.

Nurseries often choose to have these items for children in the EYFS stage as they are useful for imaginative play and helping kids to make friends.

This is the same for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils as well. It is also good to have somewhere on the play area to sit down and take a break from playing physical games.

We supply these different features in a selection of designs, sizes and colours to suit your preference.

Storage Play Area Seating

If you are looking for an effecient way to store toys and play equipment, we have many options when it comes to storage play area seating.

These can include playground benches and seats which lift up and have chests underneath meaning you can store a range of items.

Having this kind of product is great for keeping the play area tidy and also teaching kids to clear away play equipment when it's not in use.

We supply these in a number of sizes and designs to suit your budget and exactly what you need.

Costs of School Playground Seating

The average cost of school playground seating is £100 - £2,000.

The cost of school playground seating can vary widely depending on several factors, including the type of seating chosen, materials used, quantity needed, installation requirements, and location-specific factors such as labour costs.

Why should School Playgrounds Include Seating?

School playgrounds should include seating for several important reasons:

  • Rest and Comfort: Play can be physically demanding, and children often need breaks to rest and recover. Having outdoor seating in school playgrounds provides a designated area for children and caregivers to sit, relax, and recharge their energy during playtime.
  • Social Interaction: Seating areas encourage social interaction among children. Kids can sit together, talk, share stories, and make new friends. It promotes positive social behaviors, cooperation, and teamwork.
  • Supervision: Seating areas in school playgrounds provide caregivers, teachers, and parents with a comfortable place to supervise children while they play. This is especially important for younger children who require closer supervision.
  • Inclusivity: Accessible seating options cater to children with disabilities, ensuring that play areas are inclusive environments where every child, regardless of ability, can participate and socialise with others.
  • Outdoor Learning: Outdoor seating can serve as outdoor classrooms where teachers can conduct lessons, storytelling sessions, or educational activities. This promotes learning in a natural environment, enhancing students' educational experiences.
  • Encourages Imagination: Seating elements like themed benches or natural seating can stimulate children's imagination. They can transform these elements into various objects during imaginative play, enhancing creativity and cognitive development.
  • Community Building: Play areas with seating become community gathering spaces. They offer a place for neighbors, parents, and community members to come together, fostering a sense of community and belonging.
  • Safety: Having designated seating areas helps in keeping walkways and play areas clear. This ensures that children can play freely without obstacles, reducing the risk of accidents and collisions.
  • Promotes Healthy Lifestyles: Seating encourages children to take breaks, fostering a balanced approach to physical activity. It teaches them the importance of rest and helps prevent overexertion.
  • Encourages Outdoor Activities: Comfortable outdoor seating can make the playground area more inviting, encouraging families and children to spend more time outdoors. This promotes a healthy lifestyle and reduces screen time.
  • Promotes Emotional Well-being: Having a comfortable and inviting place to sit can provide a sense of security and comfort to children. It can be a space where they go to calm down or seek solace if they feel upset or overwhelmed.

Incorporating well-designed outdoor seating into play areas enhances the overall play experience, making the space more functional, inclusive, and enjoyable for everyone involved.

Other Play Equipment We Offer

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Please contact School Playground Equipment Ltd today through the form on this page if you are interested in any of these outdoor furniture products.

We have a wide variety of options available to choose from so you can get a perfect set of chairs and playground benches for your school or nursery play area .

One of our experts can discuss school playground seating and help you get the perfect ones.

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