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Ages 2-12 Years Play Structures

Choosing Day-Care Playground Equipment

Playground equipment for child care centers needs to address a wide range of needs, serving children from ages 2 to 12. Often, day-care play areas will feature simple components found in commercial toddler playground equipment while incorporating higher barriers and more complex structures suitable for older children. Typically, day-care playground equipment will feature activity panels that encourage learning and imaginative play alongside climbers, stairs, slides, ladders, and ramps. Naturally, someone in charge of a day-care business will need to find playground equipment for child care centers that is both safe and appropriate for kids. Thankfully, there’s AAA State of Play: We have a great selection of safe, affordable playground equipment for day-cares that’s built to last.

When shopping online, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure that you purchase the most suitable commercial toddler playground equipment for your facility.

Consider Your Children’s Needs

It’s important to think about the ages of the children who will be playing on the equipment. When it comes to day-care playgrounds, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Commercial toddler playground equipment may not be appropriate for older children, as pieces of equipment for toddlers are made for children of their size and skill level. For instance, an item for a toddler often has handholds as well as small steps because toddlers are still learning balance and coordination. Alternatively, child care playground equipment designed for preschool or school-age children has larger steps and taller slides suitable for larger kids who are honing their gross motor skills.

Think About the Dimensions of Your Day-Care Playgrounds

Before making a purchase of playground equipment for your day care, we suggest that you measure the available space. Along with following local regulations regarding playground equipment for day cares, you’ll want to make sure to buy the right structures for the space(s). For a smaller playground area, you may want to go with just two or three small pieces of equipment. However, if you have a large space, five or six pieces may work very well. In our selection of playground equipment for child care centers, you’ll notice that we include the width and height specifications of each piece of equipment, and we also include the dimensions of the use zone to give you an idea of the overall amount of space to allow for safe use of an item.

You’ll also want to consider the configuration of your specific space. For example, you should never put a piece of playground equipment right next to a fence. This is especially important with swings. By putting structures near a fence or up against one, you run the risk of one of the children falling off of the equipment and onto or over the fence. It’s important to check your local regulations so you can arrange the playground components in a safe manner.

Important Features of Day-Care Playground Equipment

The playground equipment belonging to a day care must be easy to clean. Young children carry bacteria that can spread easily indoors as well as out, but our collection of playground equipment is simple to keep clean and looking its best.

Any successful day-care owner also needs to make sure that their play equipment can stand up to whatever the elements or the children can dish out. Our durable, commercial-grade components are built to last, so you won’t have to worry about replacement costs for a long, long time. In addition, we offer a warranty on many components, and the manufacturer often does, too, giving you added peace of mind.

If you’re still not sure which pieces of play equipment are right for your day care, just give us a call: Our playground experts would be happy to work with you to help you create a safe, inviting play area that stands out from the crowd!

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