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