Outdoor Play | ESP

Keeping our children healthy and happy is very important to us as parents. Making sure they have a balanced diet and also get enough exercise and fresh air in them little lungs.

I have always encouraged the girls to spend as much time in the garden during the summer months and now, when winter kicks in, we wrap up warm, pack a flask of hot chocolate and head out for a walk along the tracks by our home. There is no excuse :)





Alessia's school are very big on keeping fit and Primary Play. They encourage the children to stay active throughout the whole year. Every morning in winter the P.E teacher does a 10 minute boogie session in the playground - where he grabs his boombox, puts some upbeat music on and does some really fun dances and stretches with the children, they absolutely love it!

The school are currently renovating their play area and it is starting to look incredible! The outdoor play equipment they have added has got Alessia very excited for the finished result.

ESP is actually the leading provider for school play equipment in the UK. Everything a school could possibly need or think of they have it on their site - Climbing Frames and Water And Sand Play, which are Alessia's favourite things to play in the playground. They have a new mud kitchen available which i think will be a definite hit with the schools,Alessia loves making mud pies!



I know some schools that are unfortunate and have not got this type of equipment in their play grounds so we are very lucky!. Does your child's school have any outdoor equipment? or is the area being renovated for the summer like ours is? I would love to know :)



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20 comments

  1. I look at schools now and they don't seem to have half the playground equipment I had when I was at first or middle school. I think it's a real shame so it's great to see posts like this!

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  2. I have to admit I feel like my daughter's school has limited outdoor equipment I remember that we had so much of it when I was a child!

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  3. My three are outdoors in all weather and it is so important for them and their development

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  4. I had no idea that ESP was the leading provider of play equipment for kids. My primary school got renovated so now they have a brand spanking new play area x

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  5. Sadly, outdoor spaces are becoming smaller and smaller but my little one's nursery has just enough. Though probably couldn't handle it if all the kids went out at once

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  6. Oh wow. This is excellent. I love wooden play equipment - I wish we had this at our school. Su

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  7. I do love that they get the kids energised. My year 6 is doing SATs practice at the moment, and they all get up and dance on the tables before they sit down to test papers! And yes to fresh air, whatever the weather - it's so important.

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  8. Our school has an amazing outdoor play area and the kids are out there come rain or shine! Outdoor play is so important!

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  9. Thank you for the positive feedback on the article. We enjoyed working with Kira on this one. For those parents that feel their school could benefit from a revamp, there is actually funding available to do this, you just need to know where to look. Schools receive PE and sport premium funding based on the number of pupils in years 1 to 6. If you need more information on this, just let me know :) Matt

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  10. My old primary school has a nature reserve which was excellent for outdoor play.

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  11. Alice's school is very keen on outdoor play and they are currently redesigning the play area with the children's input. We are fundraising to raise the money for the changes.

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  12. I think outdoor play is so important for little ones, especially at this time of year when they are coming home and it's almost dark! I think it's great to have an area for them to burn off some energy too!

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  13. I haven't got the boys outside as much as I would like since the days started getting colder, but you've inspired me to get them outside tomorrow for a fun day out.

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  14. My daughters nursery has just made the coolest outdoor area and that has a mud kitchen. Its a huge hit with all the little ones. The idea of morning PE and a boogie to get you ready for the day sounds so lovely! x

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  15. Outdoor play is so important. Our nursery has just done up their play ground. It's amazing now despite being really quiet small. My daughters reception class has a really good outdoor area that they use a lot. It's a bit in need of a refresh but it's well loved and used.

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  16. They have some outdoor equipment at our primary school but it's not the best and is dangerous. They are hoping to renovate it next year. Like you say we need to be encouraging them to get outdoors whatever the weather.

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  17. I love the boogie sessions the teacher does with the kids, what a great way to get them moving. It's so important for children to have an outdoor play area where they can let off steam

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  18. Out door play is so important, I wish every school took this initiative. My daughter's Montessori school has an outdoor space like this with sand, water & activities.

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  19. I love the idea of the 10 minute boogie outdoors each morning, that is fabulous. My kids school is only small but there is loads of great outdoor equipment for all the children to enjoy. Mich x

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  20. We don't! But this looks amazing and something the infant school would really benefit from. I have often wanted to build a mud kitchen for home too, although never quote got round to it. Although have tons of ideas how to use it! Something in my name sake... xx

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