Tired playground reinvigorated with colourful PlayBlox moveable play equipment.
Te Kāmaka Mātauranga Kōhanga Reo is an early childhood education centre based in Auckland, their playground was more than 24 years old, it was sturdy but looked tired and outdated.
Centre Manager, Alice Henare had seen an email, highlighting the features and benefits of PlayBlox movable play equipment and decided to reach out to Melissa Cowie (Mel), Playground Consultant for Park Supplies & Playgrounds, the PlayBlox manufacturer.
Mel offered to conduct a free playground inspection for Te Kāmaka Mātauranga Kōhanga Reo, Alice accepted, and Mel was quickly on-site to perform a Level 2 Operational Playground Inspection of the existing space and equipment. The existing structures were predominantly made from timber and Mel uncovered many instances of rotting, splitting and splinters which were not immediately obvious to the untrained eye but were of significant concern. Alice says of the experience….
Te Kāmaka Mātauranga Kōhanga Reo required a new play space that was within budget, would brighten the area
and would be workable for children of various ages. Safety is also paramount within an early childhood play space so
naturally, it was a key consideration when deciding on a playground supplier and specific equipment. PlayBlox play
equipment meets all the New Zealand Safety Standards for play equipment in a supervised early childhood setting.
PlayBlox equipment is designed, built and certified in accordance with NZS5828:2015 Playground Equipment and
Surfacing Standard and NZ5828 Appendix A: Supervised Early Childhood Education Services.
Alice shares; “We have children aged from 1-5 years playing on the equipment as well as our adult supervisor
staff at times too, it was important that our new playground was durable and could handle both children and
the adults who are assisting them.”
Flexibility and easy maintenance were also important to Te Kāmaka Mātauranga Kōhanga Reo, they wanted to
be able change the playspace at any time as certain activities with the children required a large flat space.
Eventually Te Kāmaka Mātauranga Kōhanga Reo settled on the “Hikuwai Combo” from the PlayBlox catalogue which included a variety of PlayBlox movable equipment including different size Blox, Climbers, Slides and Bridges. It was an easy choice for Alice to go with PlayBlox play equipment by Park Supplies & Playgrounds as the equipment ticked so many of their playground goals.
As well as the PlayBlox, Te Kāmaka Mātauranga Kōhanga Reo also decided to add some new fixed playground equipment form the Park Supplies & Playgrounds range and opted for a Lilypad Basket Swing, always a favourite with children of all ages and abilities.
QUICK AND SEAMLESS INSTALLATION
Te Kāmaka Mātauranga Kōhanga Reo decided they also needed to replace their surfacing to accommodate the new playground, the existing surface was a thin black rubber matting, but a decision was made to move to TigerTurf which provides cushioning but would also give the playground a more natural and open feeling.
Mel met with Alice frequently and was highly organised in her approach. Alice shares, “The TigerTurf took around 10 days to complete and then only another week for the swing to be installed and PlayBlox delivered. The whole installation process was very quick and ran smoothly. It was completed in early January within a short timeframe so that it would be ready when the centre reopened for 2021, Mel’s coordination of the project was seamless and hassle-free.”
ADDED VALUE IN STAFF TRAINING
Prior to the opening of the playspace, Mel ran training with the Te Kāmaka Mātauranga Kōhanga Reo staff to show them how to correctly set-up, clip together and maintain the equipment. This gave Alice confidence that moving forward they would be able to configure the equipment safely.
The new play space has been operational since late January 2021 and Alice and the team at Te Kāmaka Mātauranga Kōhanga Reo couldn’t be happier with the result
“The kids absolutely love having multiple climbing options, the Gladiator Rings are a particular hit! The swing is also amazing, we can get 6 kids on there at once so it’s a real go-to for both the children and supervisors.”
PlayBlox is safe –
fully certified play equipment.
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