Find out what makes good outdoor play spaces for infants and toddlers and explore guidelines for designing them.
The indoor and outdoor play areas and equipment should be inspected daily for basic health and safety. Any problems should be corrected before the playground is used by children.
Equipment used for climbing should not be placed over, or immediately next to, hard surfaces not intended for use as surfacing for climbing equipment. All pieces of playground equipment should be placed over a shock-absorbing material that is either the unitary or the loose-fill type extending beyond the perimeter of the stationary equipment.
Location of Play Areas near Bodies of Water/ Enclosures for Outdoor Play Areas/Enclosure of Bodies of Water
The outdoor play area should be enclosed with a fence or natural barriers. Fences and barriers should not prevent the supervision of children by caregivers/teachers. If a fence is used, it should be in good condition and conform to applicable local building codes in height and construction. These areas should have at least two exits, with at least one being remote from the buildings.