Play logs in school grounds and nurseries

A guide on play logs and wood in school grounds and nursery yards. This document contains advice, tools and policy precedent for installing and managing.

From practical advice on managing risk, selecting items, play management, learning ideas and further support, this guide on play logs in schools and nurseries is a ‘must’ download.

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A guide on play logs in school grounds and nursery yards. This document contains advice, tools and policy precedent for installing and managing large logs and smaller wooden features

This advice and support resource focuses on natural wood (in a variety of forms) as a readily available, and cost effective, play and learning resource for schools and nurseries.

This play logs in school grounds resource –

  • outlines the developmental and educational benefits of interaction with natural wood for children’s learning and development.
  • highlights examples from schools where fallen trees, logs, stumps and pieces of wood are successfully managed in school playgrounds and nursery outdoor spaces.
  • suggests approaches to deal with the common management issues that arise with natural wood in school playgrounds and nursery outdoor spaces.

Within the guide there are case studies of schools across Scotland, who as part of the Scottish Government ‘Natural Play Project’, introduced large play longs and loose wooden materials into the school grounds. The guide contains advice from playground supervisors and headteachers, suggests sources of play logs and wooden materials, risk assessments and maintenance guides.

Learning through Landscapes offers direct support for schools considering transforming their playground space. Our advisory visit service and outdoor learning training courses are core to this.

LtL also offers a guide on large sand in school  and nursery grounds – please visit our Open Sand in School Grounds and Nurseries

The Good School Playground Guide was also created as part of the same Natural Play Project and was followed by the Loose Parts Play Toolkit.

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