The My Academy magazine published a very interesting article about the importance of physical and outdoor play in our children’s lives.
The My Academy magazine published a very interesting article in their Spring / Summer issue this week, reminding us all about the importance of physical and outdoor play in our children’s lives. They point out that “Childhood obesity and physical inactivity are rising and young people’s relationship with the outdoor world are dwindling”.
The full article is available to read here but a few of the key points were;
- Schools are leading the charge for providing children with the time, space and facilities to enable active play
- Sport England have awarded £18M of National Lottery Funding to 600 schools with poorer facilities – in addition to the government guaranteeing £150M a year of School Sport Premium funding until 2020 to improve provision of PE and sport in schools.
- The Association of Play Industries (API) are working with schools to provide play equipment and facilities.
- The API represent leading manufactures, installers, designers and distributors of play equipment and safety surfacing – including the RPII!
One of the most pertinent points, from our point of view was that outdoor play equipment is eligible for funding out of the £150M government guarantee. Wear and tear of equipment is inevitable so it’s more important than ever to ensure that school play facilities and play equipment are safe and compliant with standards at all times. As the official UK body for examining, accrediting and certificating inflatable, indoor and outdoor play inspectors it is imperative that those responsible for maintaining school playground and play equipment know that the RPII exist and know where to search for qualified and professional inspectors.
We are pleased that this article points out that all schools or its play equipment companies “should commission a registered, certificated annual outdoor inspector from the RPII”.
We have made it easy for anyone to easily search for Play Safety Inspectors in the UK on our website here; https://www.playinspectors.com/search-inspectors Don’t forget that the RPII also accredits courses for the training of inspectors to ensure that playground safety standards are met and adhered to for your complete peace of mind.