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ERIC Number: ED353082
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 11
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Playground Development Guidelines for School Systems.
Frost, Joe L.
Although the value of play in child development has been questioned in the past, it is now widely accepted that high-quality play environments and time for play are essential in the educational and developmental program for young children. Each school needs a master plan for developing school playgrounds: a plan that pays special attention to site features, the age groups to be served, the number of children, and the children's special needs. Selecting playground equipment is also an important task. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission's "Guidelines for Public Playground Equipment" (1991) are the most authoritative source on playground equipment safety and should be used for equipment selection and maintenance recommendations. The school system administration should assume all responsibility for approving playground site plans and purchasing and installing playground equipment. Once playgrounds are open, the equipment should have constant, systematic inspection and maintenance. All teachers, custodial personnel, and maintenance personnel should receive annual training on playground maintenance. Because the teaching staff at each elementary school are responsible for supervising play, they should receive regular in-service training on playground supervision. Playground design should integrate disabled children. Consideration of mobility, accessibility, play options, and materials that stimulate the senses should be incorporated into the process of planning for playgrounds. (MM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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