NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ776597
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Supporting Outdoor Play for Young Children: The Zone Model of Playground Supervision
Kern, Petra; Wakeford, Linn
Young Children, v62 n5 p12-18 Sep 2007
Staff at the Frank Porter Graham (FPG) Child Care Program developed the zone model of playground supervision (ZoMPS) to ensure a safe environment for outdoor play and enhance playground time for all children. In addition to the social and free-play elements of outdoor play, they wanted to provide activities that support learning and development. The authors describe the division of the playground into zones and the roles of adults, with provisions for intervention with individual children with special needs. Action Cards for each zone define supervision duties; identify safety concerns; suggest play activities; list supplies; and describe maintenance and cleanup procedures. The article includes tips for teachers organizing similar playground models.
National Association for the Education of Young Children. 1313 L Street NW Suite 500, Washington, DC 22205-4101. Tel: 800-424-2460; Tel: 202-232-8777; Fax: 202-328-2649; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A