Everyone loves the playground. To children its fresh air, a place to run, yell, or throw
something (you know all the stuff we tell them to not do inside). To teachers it can be
a much needed moment to gather your thoughts; you know the days-when all the
children seem to have all that EXTRA energy that they just can’t seem to get rid of. But
really who’s job is it to maintain the playground?
Believe it or not it is not just up to “whoever does the monthly playground inspection”.
If everyone does their part and knows what to look for the playground will not only be
a place to hang out and have fun but it will also be safe.
Items that should be immediately removed from playground:
Broken toys, trikes, swings or movable equipment
Glass or any other item you see that doesn’t “belong”
Tree limbs or fallen branches
Anything that may cause injury to someone and can be “thrown out”
When to do if item is too big to move:
Block the area/structure so that children can not climb on it or could be hurt
by it. Notify your director, report the problem to maintenance. Keep the
item/area blocked off until the problem is fixed.
Other things to look for:
Poison ivy or other poisonous plants growing
Ground erosion particularly around structures that have borders
Mulch depth-Is there enough? Does it need to be raked/tilled?
Insect nests-bees, ants etc.
Anytime you have a concern about something on your playground you should
consult your director before you do anything. This way if a toy is being removed a
replacement can be purchased.
I have attended the training on Playground Safety
Signature: _____________________ Date: _____________