Child Care Playground Safety

As always, conditions at any daycare provider can change over time, so it’s a good idea to periodically review the playground area to make sure it is being kept in the same condition over time.

One of the important areas to review when looking for a daycare provider is the playground or outdoor play area. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has an extensive set of guidelines for playground design and setup here: http://cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/325.pdf

The guidelines are quite extensive and are probably a bit of an overload for the average parent to review when visiting daycare centers, so here are 10 general concepts from the guide to think about when reviewing a play area.

1. For the purpose of general security, does the playground have a solid, tall barrier completely surrounding it in a manner that will prevent non-daycare employees and children from accessing the area? If there is a gate leaving the playground, is it locked?

2. Is the playground immediately adjacent to a busy street or other area of concern?

3. Is the playground in direct sun for most of the day, and if so, does it have sufficient natural shading or coverings?

4. Does the playground have a soft surface that will help avoid injuries during a trip or fall?

5. Is the playground setup in a manner that will allow the daycare providers to observe the children at all times?

6. Will the playground be used for various age ranges at the same time, and if so, what age ranges will those be?

7. Does the playground have exposed metal parts such as metal slides that can get hot and burn children when in the sun?

8. Does the playground equipment have exposed screws, nails, or other sharp objects that could be a danger?

9. Does the playground equipment have elevated platforms where kids can play, and if so, are they at a height that could be dangerous in the event of a fall?

10. Does the playground appear to have any strangulation hazards such as loose ropes, etc?

As always, conditions at any daycare provider can change over time, so it’s a good idea to periodically review the playground area to make sure it is being kept in the same condition over time.

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