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What to Include in a Daycare, Church or Preschool Playground


Are you responsible for building an early childhood playground for a preschool, church or daycare center? Well, you’re in luck because these are some of our favorite playgrounds to design! Cunningham Recreation offers a wide variety of playground equipment for children ages 2-5, as well as convenient playground packages where you get everything you need in a single transaction.

As you prepare for your playground, here are the features and amenities we recommend including in your design. These features will make your playground a safe and enjoyable place to be!

Colorful, Sturdy Equipment

First thing’s first - your early childhood playground will need bright and colorful equipment geared toward toddlers and preschoolers. Some of the best equipment for this age group are slides, discovery panels, crawl and play tunnels and ground-level musical equipment. Kids this age also like finding surprises as they explore the playground, so consider the smaller details like steering wheels, vine climbers and window panels.


Safety Surfacing

Because young children aren’t steady on their feet just yet, it’s important for a playground to have the appropriate safety surfacing. Cunningham Recreation can help you choose the best surfacing for your daycare, church or preschool playground based on your budget and needs. Some of our favorite options include:

  • Poured-in-place rubber
  • Bonded rubber
  • Rubber tiles
  • Synthetic turf
  • Engineered wood fiber
  • Loose-fill rubber

Shade Structures

Young children need to be monitored for safety, so it’s important to offer shaded areas for parents, caregivers and teachers to relax. Shade structures are the perfect way to add shade to your playground space, especially if you don’t have a lot of trees to work with. And, when little ones want to take a break and cool off, they’ll have the perfect spot to do so!

Rest Areas

Speaking of taking breaks, rest areas are also important for early childhood playgrounds. Young children tire out quickly, so it’s helpful to have a spot where they can grab a snack and some water. You can include a number of amenities in your rest areas such as picnic tables, benches and trash receptacles.

Design Your Daycare, Church or Preschool Playground Today

Cunningham Recreation has commercial daycare playground equipment that focuses on children as young as 6 months. Let us help you design a playground that will be safe and fun for your early childhood center. With our affordable rates and all-in-one playground packages, you can get everything you need in a single purchase!