Outdoor School Learning Shelters

Outdoor School Learning Shelters

Shelters can come in many different shapes and sizes that can help improve the learning process of children's within schools and nurseries by giving them a new place to learn and develop

School Weather Shelter

School Weather Shelter

We also offer these schools shelters to help children avoid harsh weather conditions, which also means they can continue playing outside

Playground Canopy Shelters

Playground Canopy Shelters

These shelters are specifically designed to improve the overall quality of your playground making the facility more exciting and engaging for children

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Outdoor Shelters for Schools

School Playground Equipment Ltd specialise in a huge range of outdoor shelters for schools that are all designed to make sure you get the most out of your play facilities.

We want to help children to have a better experience at school, be it improved sports and outdoor play facilities or enhanced learning opportunities.

We ensure to our clients that we will offer the best overall price and costs for each of our designs and specifications to help ensure that you get a quality product that doesn't break your budget.

There are many designs available when it comes to these products, and each one can provide a diverse outdoor learning environment.

Kids are able to play imaginative games as well as take part in fun lessons outside and understand the environment more.

If you are looking to improve school garden area facilities with shade structures and shelter, these are ideal. It is a versatile product that can improve playground provisions in many different ways and make learning more beneficial.

If you would like to learn more about the products and services that we have on the market and are readily available for you then please feel free to use the enquiry section to get in touch with us.

Types of Outdoor Shelters for Schools

Outdoor shelters for schools serve various purposes, from providing shade and protection from the elements to creating spaces for outdoor learning and recreational activities. Here are several types of outdoor school shelters:

  • Gazebos: Gazebos are freestanding, open-sided structures with a solid roof and open sides. They provide shade and are often used for classrooms, reading areas, or small group activities.
  • Picnic Shelters: These shelters usually have a simple roof structure supported by columns and are equipped with picnic tables and benches underneath. They provide an outdoor space and dining area for students to have outdoor meals and can also be used for various outdoor activities.
  • Sun Shade Sails: Sun shades or sails are large pieces of fabric stretched across metal poles to create a shaded area. They are versatile and can be installed in various shapes and sizes to provide shade for playgrounds, seating areas, or classrooms.
  • Bus Shelters: Bus shelters provide protection for students waiting for buses. They are often located near the school entrance or bus loading area and offer a roof and walls on one or more sides for protection from rain and wind.
  • Bike Shelters: Bike shelters provide a secure place for students to store their bicycles. They can range from simple covered racks to more elaborate structures with walls and a roof for additional security.
  • Outdoor Classrooms: These are purpose-built areas designed for outdoor learning. They can include various elements such as seating, chalkboards, or whiteboards and are often covered to protect students and teachers from the sun and rain.
  • School playground Shelters: Playground shelters are structures that provide shade and protection for playground equipment and seating areas. They create a comfortable environment for children to play and socialise during hot or rainy weather.
  • Storage Shelters: These shelters are used for storing outdoor equipment such as sports gear, gardening tools, or maintenance equipment. They typically have a roof and may or may not have walls, depending on the specific storage needs.
  • Permeable Canopies: These school canopies are designed to allow natural light and rainwater to pass through while providing shade. A school canopy is often made of materials like mesh or perforated metal and are suitable for areas where maintaining natural light and ventilation is important.

When designing outdoor shelters for schools, it's essential to consider the specific needs of the students and the activities that will take place under the shelters. Additionally, safety, durability, school colours and aesthetics are important factors to keep in mind during the planning and construction process.

School Shelter Costs

The average cost of school shelters is £10,000 - £30,000.

The cost of school shelters can vary widely based on several factors, including the type of shelter, size, materials used, location, and additional features. Here are some key factors that can influence the costs of school shelters:

  • Type of Shelter: Different types of shelters, such as a wooden gazebo, pavilion, picnic shelters, outdoor classrooms or bus shelters, have varying costs based on their design complexity and purpose.
  • Size and Dimensions: Larger shelters will naturally cost more than smaller ones due to the increased material and labor requirements.
  • Materials: The choice of materials for the shelter's roof, columns, and flooring (if applicable) significantly affects the cost. High-quality materials may be more expensive initially but could require less maintenance in the long run.
  • Design Complexity: Elaborate designs with intricate details or custom features will increase the cost compared to simple, standard designs.
  • Location and Site Preparation: The location of the shelter within the school grounds and the required site preparation (such as excavation, foundation work, and landscaping) can impact costs. Sites that require significant preparation may incur additional expenses.
  • Permits and Regulations: Costs can also be influenced by permits, inspections, and adherence to local building codes and regulations. These requirements vary by location and may add to the overall project cost.
  • Additional Features: Features such as lighting, electrical outlets, seating, and storage spaces can increase costs but also enhance the functionality and usability of the shelter.
  • Installation and Labour: Labour costs, including installation and assembly, contribute to the overall expense. Complex installations or hard-to-reach locations may require more labour, affecting the total cost.
  • Maintenance and Long-Term Costs: Consideration of long-term maintenance costs, including repairs and replacements, is crucial for evaluating the total cost of ownership over the shelter's lifespan.

There are a whole host of designs and specifications that are available to our clients to make sure that the money that they do spend goes towards a unique product that improves the overall aesthetic look of the facility.

The money you spend on the outdoor shades for schools will help to improve your facility massively and in a lot of ways make the investment worthwhile.

For any schools looking to make changes to the learning environment with KS1 or KS2 outdoor improvements, these shelters are fantastic products.

They can also be installed for nursery garden areas and EYFS facilities to keep smaller children protected from the Sun when enjoying games outside.

Benefits of Installing School Shelters

School shelters offer a range of benefits to both students and the school community. Here are some key advantages of having shelters in schools:

  • Weather Protection: Shelters provide protection from various weather conditions such as rain, sun, and wind, allowing students to comfortably engage in outdoor activities regardless of the weather.
  • Outdoor Learning Opportunities: Shelters create an outdoor space where teachers can conduct lessons, enhancing the outdoor learning experience by connecting students with nature and providing a change of environment from traditional indoor classrooms.
  • Improved Social Spaces: Shelters serve as gathering places for students, encouraging social interaction and fostering a sense of community. Students can use these spaces for group discussions, peer interactions, and collaborative learning.
  • Enhanced Physical and Mental Well-being: Outdoor shelters promote outdoor activities, which are beneficial for physical health. Spending time outdoors also has mental health benefits, reducing stress and promoting a sense of well-being.
  • Increased Use of Outdoor Spaces: Shelters encourage the use of outdoor areas, making the school grounds more versatile. This increased utilisation of outdoor spaces can enhance the overall school experience.
  • Support for Special Events: Shelters provide spaces for school events, performances, presentations, and gatherings. They can be used for assemblies, outdoor concerts, exhibitions, and other special occasions, enhancing the school's event capabilities.
  • Safe Waiting Areas: Shelters near bus stops or pick-up points provide safe waiting areas for students, protecting them from adverse weather conditions and ensuring their safety while waiting for transportation.
  • Promotion of Outdoor Activities: Shelters can house sports equipment, encouraging outdoor sports and physical activities. This promotes a healthy lifestyle and helps in the overall development of students.
  • Community Engagement: School shelters can be used for community events, workshops, or adult education classes, fostering positive relationships between the school and the surrounding community.
  • Educational Gardens: Shelters can be used to create educational gardens, where students can learn about gardening, agriculture, and environmental sustainability. These gardens can serve as outside classrooms and promote hands-on learning.
  • Reduced Energy Costs: By utilising outdoor shelters as alternative learning spaces, schools can reduce the need for air conditioning and artificial lighting, leading to energy savings and environmental benefits.
  • Enhanced Creativity and Innovation: Outdoor spaces, including shelters, provide a different environment that can stimulate creativity and innovation among students. Creative activities, art projects, and brainstorming sessions can thrive in these settings.

In summary, school shelters contribute significantly to the overall well-being of students, enhance learning experiences, and create versatile spaces that benefit the entire school community.

Outside Learning Opportunities 

We offer these outdoor shelters for schools to help dramatically improve the overall quality of the school.

These facilities give the school an entirely new dynamic to work with which can help improve the quality of the facility.

This can help boost OFSTED ratings and allows for more flexibility with teachers and pupils both inside and out of lesson time.

Having outdoor learning spaces and lessons outdoors allows for teachers to do their job in a unique way.

They can help focus on different aspects of teaching such as sensory learning to improve the quality of education that your pupils will receive.

Having a new environment for which to learn will also help children focus in a different way.

Eventually, children's minds will become distracted after an entire day in a classroom, so to help make sure you get the absolute maximum attention from your students having an outdoor shelter for schools can keep learning fresh for them.

These outdoor covers for nurseries and schools can also help cover children from the rain and sun depending on the weather you are dealing with.

If it's a very hot day it would be extremely pleasant for children to still have the option to eat and relax outside without having to worry about harmful UV rays.

It also offers refuge from parents waiting to pick up their children after primary school if it is raining or snowing. To get some more information about the products that we have to offer, please fill out the contact form above and one of our experts will get back to you as soon as possible.

What are Outdoor Shelters?

Outdoor shelters are the areas in which both children and adults can spend time outside, whether that be for learning, socialising or playing games.

The shelters are common within schools, nurseries , Early Years Foundation Stage play areas and other facilities as they allow children to learn in a new environment that can stimulate their minds and improve their learning.

The shelters could also be used for playtimes when it is either cold or raining as it will allow them to still get fresh air and run around which can burn some energy.

For more information regarding the shelters we provide or the specification of these designs, please don't hesitate to contact us through the information box above.

These could even be used to create a nature play area where kids can explore the natural environment during lessons and learn about different plants in a school garden area.

Teachers will be able to improve outdoor curriculum learning with a variety of fun games and activities in a sheltered space.

You could also have a range of other timber playground equipment installed as well to create a diverse outdoor play area for kids of all ages.


Where do we Install Outdoor Shelters?

Our skilled installed team install outdoor shelters in a range of facilities. The most popular facilities are listed below:

  • Primary School
  • Secondary School
  • Forest School
  • Nursery
  • EYFS

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Get in Contact

If you would like to ask us any questions regarding the outdoor shelters for schools that you have just read then please feel free to use the enquiry form to get in touch with us.

We will help talk you through the various different designs and specifications that are on offer and can assist you in finding the perfect product for your needs.

To get a quote for the costs and prices for the various products that we have on offer then please don't hesitate to fill out the form and we will get right back to you.

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