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The value of Water Play in Schools

Posted by Nick Riley on 1st Oct, 2018 |

What can children learn from water play? https://www.communityplaythings.co.uk/learning-library/articles/making-the-most-of-water-play This article says it all, we build it all ! Thoughtfully prepared, a water centre, whether indoors or out, can foster cognitive

Autumn Leaves can become your artist’s palette

Posted by Nick Riley on 1st Oct, 2018 |

Autumn leaves are just what you need to create these fantastic images. Inspired by artist James Brunt, from Yorkshire, this technique really engages people with the environment in a way

Larch and Play areas – natural materials used in the creation of bespoke play spaces

Posted by Nick Riley on 15th Aug, 2018 |

The wood is on its way .. Self-built play features – ”Rather than being too prescriptive about which activities are and are not allowed in a play space, clients should

Forest Schools and creative play spaces

Posted by Nick Riley on 15th Aug, 2018 |

Children play in many different ways according to their own interests and abilities, and enjoy different forms of play at different times and places. Approximately 15 different play types have

Resi-mulch – our ideal surfacing treatment for high use grassed areas

Posted by Nick Riley on 14th Aug, 2018 |

Our bound resin rubber mulch surfacing is ideal as an overlay to grassed areas. Quite simply we lay a weed membrane onto the surface and then ‘chase’ in the sides.

Hapton Primary School Playground transformed over the school holidays

Posted by Nick Riley on 7th Jun, 2018 |

Children and teachers returned to school after a 2 week holiday to find their grounds totally resurfaced, a new ball court and an outdoor classroom and benches installed. Working for

Outdoor activity and fitness in the Playground

Posted by Nick Riley on 26th Apr, 2018 |

  At Playscape Engineering we promote outdoor activity and fitness in the Playground , well we would after all, its our business! There is some superb information available from the

Natural Play is a Growing Adventure for Early Years

Posted by Nick Riley on 24th Apr, 2018 |

Natural Play is a Growing Adventure for Early Years Foundation Stage and we know time is limited so we have found a list from the Woodland Trust that helps summarize

St Laurences CE School – Story telling area and outdoor space

Posted by Nick Riley on 13th Apr, 2018 |

Story telling area ‘s are always popular in school grounds. They can be as small or as large as you want, filling the smallest corner to creating a whole theme

Stone carving in school grounds with a stone sculptor

Posted by Nick Riley on 23rd Mar, 2018 |

Stone carving in school grounds, you wouldn’t really think that still happened would you? Or did it ever happen!? We have a tame sculptor, yes the whole project is insured

Summer build programme!

Posted by Nick Riley on 31st Aug, 2017 |

A summer programme has a totally different meaning to us here at Playscape Engineering. It usually means we need to fit in all the major school grounds schemes within the

Schools Sustainability Conference 2017

Posted by Nick Riley on 12th Jun, 2017 |

The 10th conference was held at Blackburn Rovers Football Club. This proved to be an ideal venue for market place exhibitors and presentations and workshops alike. The first schools’ conference

Outdoor Classroom Day – do anything but make sure its outdoors!

Posted by Nick Riley on 17th May, 2017 |

Believe in the power of outdoor learning and play? Get involved in Outdoor Classroom Day – 18 May 2017! Think about the last time you saw a child grinning wildly,

Lord Street Primary School Colne Facebook Competition winners

Playscape Engineering Facebook competition promotes natural play

Posted by Nick Riley on 28th Mar, 2017 |

Playscape Engineering recently launched a Facebook competition to promote both their services and the opportunities to encourage Naural Play, in school grounds. Carved wooden mushrooms personalised with branded school names

Forest School Den building

How to create a Forest School adventure area in your school grounds

Posted by Nick Riley on 23rd Mar, 2017 |

When did you last play in the woods with your children or enter a ‘Forest School’ classroom? When did you last read The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson? When did you

You’re Havin’ a Laugh!

Posted by Nick Riley on 27th Oct, 2016 |

Our latest addition to Longshaw infant play area has been the creation of an outdoor theatre. A 3-tiered sleeper amphitheater provides seating for a class of 35 children within an

Pirates Ahoy!

Posted by Nick Riley on 20th Oct, 2016 |

  Your school play area or play ground might never be the same again – it will be much more fun with one of our pirate ships! The high seas

A bubbling forest stream in the heart of a school grounds

Posted by Nick Riley on 6th Jun, 2016 |

When approached by a school to create a forest stream on a grassy embankment, the challenge was set! We needed to provide a waterproof base and associated water supply and

School Council ‘elected member’ approval for latest installation

Posted by Nick Riley on 6th May, 2016 |

What better way to select play equipment than consult with the elected school council. A Friday evening consultation with the council from a Burnley Primary School resulted in the selection

”Non Slip and bounce a bit !”

Posted by Nick Riley on 19th Apr, 2016 |

Installed in the last 3 weeks this 70m x 35m Multi Use Games Area court, complete with rebound fencing and access gates, has been installed at a Blackburn Junior School.

Rockin’ and Rollin’ in the Forest Garden

Posted by Nick Riley on 30th Mar, 2016 |

Our latest creation is bringing a little bit of the forest and stream into the school playground. We were approached by a school teacher who was particularly keen on the