St Helen’s Primary School in Swansea Cover Playground Area
Thakeham Pre School in West Sussex is clearly an outstanding preschool provider. The consideration and effort that has gone into the whole setting, particularly the garden is amazing.
The garden area already had, as they say on their website –
• Muddy kitchen with sensory garden
• Flower and vegetable beds
• Natural wooden climbing apparatus
• Fairy garden
• An area for our famous campfires, where we have so much fun helping to chop wood and make our own firelighters, and best of all toasting muffins and marshmallows and singing our favourite campfire songs.
The one thing that was missing was a shaded area which also offered shelter if the weather was wet. This is when Thakeham Pre-School came to talk to us at A&S Landscape. We have a large range of school canopies, which are available in steel and polycarbonate as well as fabric roofing. The product which we decided on was an Umbrella shade from our Maxima range.
We installed the Umbrella shade at 4000mm x 4000mm and also added a post protector just to add extra protection for the children. The fabric was in Red Poppy waterproof fabric and the steel post was Black (RAL 9005). The Umbrella really stands out and adds the finishing touch to the garden.
The children are incredibly lucky to have such a super outside space now. There is shade from UV rays when the weather is being kind and shelter from the rain when the heavens open. Thakeham Pre School has a beautiful school garden that they should be very proud of. A wonderful project!
“It all went very well, very happy. It looks great.”
– Thakeham Pre-School
You can also download the datasheet for our Maxima Umbrella design to see more details about this product. A&S Landscape has a wide variety of canopy products if you would like some inspiration you can visit our gallery.
Our wellbeing is adversely impacted by not getting enough exercise, resulting in increasing rates of obesity in children and adolescents. Children are not playing outside as much as they have done historically, curbing their contact with sunlight and thus the formation of Vitamin D which helps to combat infection and keeps skin healthy. Sunlight also helps to manage the development of melatonin which regulates sleep. Phones and tablets emit harmful blue light, which can cause headaches and eye strain. Blue light in the evenings can even limit the creation of melatonin, which in turn can make going to sleep very difficult for some children.
So what is the answer to this slippery slope that we find ourselves on… More time outside!
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