Why now is the perfect time to start planning your new playground!
Planning for a new playground can take a long time, from inclusion on your school development plan and allocation of budget right through to completion of the works can often take 3 – 6 months
As you can see the process can be long, consultative and with many changes to the design, it all depends on the complexity, size of budget and how many people want to be involved in the process.
Many schools look to have their new playground projects installed over the summer holidays and as such there is always increased demand for summer holiday installation with many playground equipment installation companies being ‘full’ for summer by the end of May.
The impact of Covid-19
Usual planning for new playground projects starts in February or March once new budgets are on the horizon however this year Covid-19 changed everyone’s focus (understandably!) and many schools are behind on planning for new capital expenditure projects for this year.
Some schools have also had reduced revenue from wraparound care, facility hire-outs, PTA activity and summer fundraising events.
Covid-19 has impacted on the physical and mental wellbeing of millions of children throughout the UK who have missed the benefits of being at school, playing with friends and being physically active.
The benefits of play are undisputed and what better way to welcome children back to the school (when they are safely allowed to return) than with a brand-new playground ready to promote social interaction and physical development.
Sport England’s recent ‘Active Lives Children and Young People Survey’ highlights that only 40% of children are getting at least 30 minutes of the recommended activity at school. 84% of that is attributed to ‘active play’.
A new school playground has never been so important!
How can Creative Play Help?
We have changed several the ways we operate to facilitate quicker, contactless processes to support our customers, making this a great time to start your playground project.
1. Virtual and Contactless Consultations, Surveys and even Installations!
Virtual consultations via phone or video conference are a great way of quickly starting your playground project, during a short 20 minute conversation we can gather the majority of the information needed to quote for your new project – using tools such as Google Earth we can review the size of the space available.
70% of projects can be started using a virtual consultation rather than an onsite meeting.
Where the project is particularly complex or the area is difficult to asses digitally, it may be necessary to carry out an on-site consultation. This can be carried out in a contactless manner and ensuring the safety and welfare of everyone involved.
To book a virtual consultation please contact us
The whole playground development, manufacturing and installation process can be carried out in a safe, contactless manner.
2. Increased Manufacturing and Installation Resources
Due to the impact of COVID-19, many schools will be behind on plans to develop their outdoor learning environments. As such we have increased capacity within our factory to facilitate improved lead times.
Additionally, we have increased the number of specialist installation companies available to install your playground project.
We will always do everything possible to speed up the process and shorten lead times as we know the focus is likely to still be on a summer holiday installation.
3. Supply Only Manufacturing
Many of our products are available on a supply only basis at a much shorter lead time than a full manufacturing and installation service.
Purchasing products on a supply only basis can save up to 40% on the purchase price!
All products come with detailed installation instructions and most Premises Managers, Caretakers or Parents who are used to DIY projects would be able to carry out the installation.
Supply only special offer on over 150 products will be launched in early May, contact us now to learn more!
4. Offering Best Value and discounted prices
We understand that school budgets will have taken a hit because of the extra pressures caused by the Covid-19 crisis and that is why we are committed to providing best value tour customers.
As a manufacturer (as opposed to a middleman distributor) we can offer some of the best prices available. On top of that we currently have a number of excellent special offers on our most popular products – click here for more info
Creative play also offers a price guarantee – we will beat any comparable price! Simply send us a copy of an alternative quotation you have received, and we will beat it with comparable or better products.
As a trusted education supplier for more than 30 years, Creative Play is committed to providing schools with the highest quality, best value playground equipment available.
So there really has never been a better time to start developing your school’s outdoor playground facilities. We’d love to talk to you about your plans and how we can support you to make them a reality.