Local Authorities, Parish Councils,
Housing Associations, Leisure Attractions,
Schools & Pubs

Funding and resources for play areas are reducing all the time and despite the best efforts of play area owners across the UK, difficult decisions are having to be made to close play areas to make budgets balance.

The Association of Play Industries (API) ‘Nowhere to Play’ research highlighted over 200 play areas have closed in the last two years and another 200 are planned to close, affecting the health and wellbeing of thousands of children across the UK.

My Play Area is here to raise the profile of play areas, push it up the political agenda and increase play provision for all children.

How your play area can benefit

Free of charge – just specify the My Play Area Standard (Local, Park or Flagship) you wish the play area to meet (this can be done for new or refurbished play areas) and your play area will be designed to meet the standard for absolutely free!*

* participating play companies

Procure with ease – Use My Play Area Standards as part of your procurement, reducing the resources and time needed for evaluation

Hassle free consultation – Our research means you don’t need to be an expert in how children will use your new play area, your Full Report will explain everything and justify your chosen design.

Free promotion – Your organisation will be linked to the new play areas added to the My Play Area map and social media updates which your communications team can link to, saving time and resources.

Free play area planning tool – Ensure housing developers install play areas that are up to My Play Area Standards without the hassle of negotiating. Just specify the My Play Area Standard you require in your planning comments/permission and you will ensure the new play area is a top quality inclusive play area!

Additional funding – Leverage additional funds to meet the inclusive needs of a play area, with the ability to clearly demonstrate the weaknesses of the current play area from the Full Report and the new improved design meeting the appropriate My Play Area Standard.

Great play area audit tool – The My Play Area self-assessment can be used as part of your play area audit to identify where provision is strong and where it can be improved. Where play areas meet the My Play Area Standards they can be promoted and celebrated. Where provision falls short of the My Play Area Standards, a Full Report will identify areas of weakness (as well as strengths) and suggest improvements to assist with funding opportunities.

FAQs

How can I make sure my play area improvements meet the National Play Standard?

Just make sure you note the standard you wish the play area to meet in your specification – Local, Park or Flagship. All participating play companies will ensure your new and improved play area will meet the required standard and will provide a National Play Standard Certificate as part of the quote/tender, completely free of charge. It is as simple as that!

How will the National Play Standard help me understand which play area design is best?

Play companies will let you know what standard your play area design meets – Local, Park or Flagship (you can even specify which Standard you want it to meet). To ensure you have selected the right play area design, you can request a Full Report of your preferred design through the play company and this will provide the strengths and weaknesses of the design in terms of inclusive play value.

How can I assess my play area to help with accessing grant funding?

It is important to find out what your play area is lacking. The best way to do this is with a Full Report. You can complete an online self-assessment (through your desktop, tablet or phone) of the play area, taking around 10-15 minutes and from this information we will produce a Full Report outlining which (if any) standard the play area currently meets, the strengths and weaknesses of the play area and suggested improvements. You can then use this information to design a new and improved play area, clearly demonstrating how the additional funding will benefit all children within the community.

Why do I need a Full Report?

For information on the strengths and weaknesses of your play area design, you can request a Full Report through the play company. This will provide the detailed information you need to justify your design as well as give suggestions for improvements. A Full Report is also great to assist with grant funding applications.

How can I use the National Play Standard to increase footfall to my play area (and my attraction)?

Parents will be able to search the map for different criteria and types of locations/attractions. For example, they may search for local pubs that have play areas that meet the Local standard or they may search for a visitor attraction with a Flagship play area. If your play areas are assessed, parents will choose your visitor attraction or pub as they are safe in the knowledge the play needs of their children are going to be met during their visit.

How much is a National Play Standard assessment of my play area?

An assessment is provided free of charge by participating play companies if you are looking to ensure a play area design for a new/refurbished play area meets the National Play Standard – Local, Park or Flagship. If you are looking to undertake an assessment of your play area to see where improvements can be made there are various options available starting from £6 per assessment depending on how many play areas you wish to assess. This will often highlight the play areas of most concern, and help to identify which play areas would benefit from further information on the play area equipment and design provided in a Full Report. This information may also assist with grant funding opportunities.

How much is a Full Report of my play area?

If an assessment has already been completed, a Full Report detailing the strengths and weaknesses of the play area including suggestions for improvements can be provided for £599. This can be ordered directly with My Play Area or through the Play Company or Consultant you are working with. Discounts are available for multiple sites, contact us with the number of play area sites for a price.

Which play companies offer the National Play Standard assessments?

The participating play companies will be announced shortly before the launch of the National Play Standard later in the year.

How can I make sure my play area improvements meet the National Play Standard?

Just make sure you note the standard you wish the play area to meet in your specification – Local, Park or Flagship. All participating play companies will ensure your new and improved play area will meet the required standard and will provide a National Play Standard Certificate as part of the quote/tender, completely free of charge. It is as simple as that!

Which play companies offer the National Play Standard assessments?

The participating play companies will be announced shortly before the launch of the National Play Standard later in the year.

How much is a Full Report of my play area?

If an assessment has already been completed, a Full Report detailing the strengths and weaknesses of the play area including suggestions for improvements can be provided for £599. This can be ordered directly with My Play Area or through the Play Company or Consultant you are working with. Discounts are available for multiple sites, contact us with the number of play area sites for a price.

How much is a National Play Standard assessment of my play area?

An assessment is provided free of charge by participating play companies if you are looking to ensure a play area design for a new/refurbished play area meets the National Play Standard – Local, Park or Flagship. If you are looking to undertake an assessment of your play area to see where improvements can be made there are various options available starting from £6 per assessment depending on how many play areas you wish to assess. This will often highlight the play areas of most concern, and help to identify which play areas would benefit from further information on the play area equipment and design provided in a Full Report. This information may also assist with grant funding opportunities.

How can I use the National Play Standard to increase footfall to my play area (and my attraction)?

Parents will be able to search the map for different criteria and types of locations/attractions. For example, they may search for local pubs that have play areas that meet the Local standard or they may search for a visitor attraction with a Flagship play area. If your play areas are assessed, parents will choose your visitor attraction or pub as they are safe in the knowledge the play needs of their children are going to be met during their visit.

Why do I need a Full Report?

For information on the strengths and weaknesses of your play area design, you can request a Full Report through the play company. This will provide the detailed information you need to justify your design as well as give suggestions for improvements. A Full Report is also great to assist with grant funding applications.

How can I assess my play area to help with accessing grant funding?

It is important to find out what your play area is lacking. The best way to do this is with a Full Report. You can complete an online self-assessment (through your desktop, tablet or phone) of the play area, taking around 10-15 minutes and from this information we will produce a Full Report outlining which (if any) standard the play area currently meets, the strengths and weaknesses of the play area and suggested improvements. You can then use this information to design a new and improved play area, clearly demonstrating how the additional funding will benefit all children within the community.

How will the National Play Standard help me understand which play area design is best?

Play companies will let you know what standard your play area design meets – Local, Park or Flagship (you can even specify which Standard you want it to meet). To ensure you have selected the right play area design, you can request a Full Report of your preferred design through the play company and this will provide the strengths and weaknesses of the design in terms of inclusive play value.

When will the National Play Standard be launched?

The National Play Standard is due to be launched in autumn 2019 and will be launched in phases.

To arrange a My Play Area Self- Assessment please complete the contact form below and we will be in touch. 

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