Creative Play UK recently teamed up with GEFCO to produce a great outdoor play area for Exhall Grange School. A Community maintained Specialist School which meets the needs of children with visual impairment, physical disabilities, complex medical needs and social and communication interaction difficulties.
GEFCO, a global logistics company for manufacturers, regularly organise team building exercises and this year, rather than spending huge amounts of money on the usual activities, they decided to do something memorable locally, that would leave a lasting memory.
Therefore, they decided to assist a local school with their outdoor play development which would make a difference to the children attending the school by choosing something that would stimulate the imagination of the children, who have many challenges.
Following this GEFCO contacted Creative Play UK, one the UK’s leading playground companies, to support them with this activity. GEFCO had already decided they wanted to provide a Pirate Ship to encourage role play for the school, all of which GEFCO were funding!
GEFCO were attracted to the fact Creative Play UK manufacture all of their equipment, resulting in the company having the best amount of knowledge and assurance of high quality.
Paul Gambino, Creative Play’s Business Development Manager, had the responsibility of liaising with GEFCO to ensure all requirements were met, as this wasn’t a usual enquiry.
‘As we provide an all-round service of design, manufacture and installation, I was certain we could assist GEFCO with their kind gesture to the school.’
Paul continued ‘We provided GEFCO with a competitive price for our Captain ship with safety surfacing, and they were extremely happy with our proposal.’
Creative Play UK worked closely during the installation process with the GEFCO team to ensure the equipment was installed to the safety standards required, and allowing them to work with our installation team during the team building exercise.
Paul Gambino went on to say ‘We had tight deadlines to meet, so we wanted to ensure these were all met to the clients satisfaction. It was a great experience working with all at GEFCO and for such a great cause. It goes without saying that we were delighted to have been asked to provide our services’.
‘There were many other different projects going on within and around the play area, and Creative Play UK were extremely happy to have been invited to be a part of that process’
Helen Grover, UK HR Director at GEFCO, had the following to say:
‘This year rather than spend huge amounts of money on the usual team building events like building rafts or working out how to get from one side of a river to another using only a pole and a piece of paper, we wanted to do something lasting, memorable and exceptional.’
‘We had the idea of working with a local school who needed a new secondary play area. The school has some amazing pupils who have many challenges, and they wanted something that would stimulate their imagination.’
‘Our biggest challenge was finding a contractor who would be willing to work with us as we wanted to not only buy the equipment for the school but also build it. Many of the companies we spoke to didn’t want to get involved and blocked us. However Creative Play were amazing. From beginning to end they bought into what we were trying to achieve, I only wish we have contacted them earlier. They gave us a really competitive price on the equipment but what I really liked was they also manufacturer the equipment which means they know everything about it. They only had 4 weeks to turn it all around, and they hadn’t even seen the site.’
‘We had lots of challenges along the way with other contractors but Creative Play helped up remove all the blockers. They went over and above what we asked of them and on the team building event they helped all our staff and also on the extra projects we had in the play area. They are a great team to work with, we had fun and they became part of the team. Above all they were professional, delivered on time and were amazing with the school and children, working around breaks and reducing noise to a minimum, being flexible and even enjoying school dinners with us!’
‘Thank you so much to Creative Play UK, we look forward to doing more work with you in the future.’
Did you know Outdoor Classroom Day is just around the corner? That’s right on Thursday 18th May 17 we will celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play.
Thousands of schools around the world will participate in taking the classroom outside and prioritising play time.
This has been encouraged due to the acknowledgement that outdoor learning improves children’s health, helps engagement with learning and builds a greater connection with nature.
Play encourages many life skills such as teamwork, creativity, confidence and whilst building on all of these skills and more, let face it, it’s one of the best childhood enjoyment.
So, in light of the upcoming Outdoor Classroom Day we are giving you the chance to have your own outdoor classroom by offering a whopping 10% off the selected products below:
Our Octavia Shelters Complete includes seats, sides and floor. The timber outdoor classrooms have a range of exciting options allowing us to tailor your new shelter to your needs, the various classroom size and types have different options available. If you wish to discuss building your own classroom call to speak to one of our Account Manager who will be happy to speak to you.
Want to hear more? There are many different optional extras to add to the Octavia’s including Chalk and Wipe Boards! This will make lessons more interactive and hold engagement!
Our Timber Playhouse has been designed to provide children with a sheltered and relaxing area they can socialise in and even take a lesson, to encourage outdoor learning. The Timber Playhouse provides covered seating for up to 11 children ensuring they’re sheltered from the weather while they develop key skills.
Hipped Roof Shelter
Our Hipped Roofed Shelter makes for the perfect outdoor classroom for teachers to take learning outside. Allowing children to learn amongst the elements as well as giving them an interesting place to sit, relax and have fun with their friends during play. The Timber roofed shelter provides seating for up to 24 Children.
Our Alpine Shelter is a fantastically built enclosed outdoor learning area with integral seating, raised sides and pitched roof. The Alpine Shelter can accommodate a number of children and a teacher for outdoor lessons. Not only is it an ideal outdoor class room but can also be used as a quiet / social play area at playtime.
To take advantage of our great offers, get in contact today and quote reference: OCD10
As some of you may already be aware, on the run up to World Book Day we held a competition with the chance to have won a FREE Teachers Story Telling Chair.
World Book Day looks promote the celebration of author’s, illustrators, books and most importantly the celebration of reading! To support this we looked to encourage the reading aspect by offering the chance to win a story telling chair!
Entering was simple, all you had to do was spot a hidden book within a video posted on our social media accounts.
We have to congratulate Fiona Johnson for spotting the book, liking the post, sharing our page and winning the Story Telling Chair for her sons Primary School!!!!
Following this we liaised with the winning Primary School to arrange the full delivery and installation service and they couldn’t be happier!
This has now promoted the aspect of creating a full Story Telling area within the outdoor play area!!
Make sure you keep an eye out for any further competitions, I can let you know that there is one coming very soon!
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