When Dana Cavanaugh recently became the director at Prospect Cooperative Nursery School, she strongly felt the Maplewood, New Jersey, facility was in need of new, versatile playground equipment that helped young children to feel more physically confident while having more fun.
With these goals — and absolute requirements of impeccable safety ratings and long-lasting equipment — Cavanaugh began searching for a vendor, beginning a selection process she said was “quite overwhelming”.
“There were many manufacturers with endless choices to choose from, but we went with Playworld based on a recommendation and we’re happy we did,’’ said Cavanaugh.
The Spring 2016 installation process began with a representative from George Ely Associates, a distributor Playworld equipment, paying a visit to Prospect School.
“The rep from George Ely Associates really listened to our needs and constraints,” Cavanaugh said. “Taking these factors into account, he came back with a plan.”
The school chose the Moon Rock Climber, a structure that encourages exploration and discovery, and the Butterfly Climber, equipment that provides children with a safe and fun place to practice their balance and coordination skills.
From start to finish, the playground project took about three months. Since installation, countless children have engaged with the equipment, climbing, running, jumping and socializing in the play space. Being outside allows the young students at Prospect the freedom to explore their creativity and offers them experiences not provided in the classroom.
“Playing outside is necessary for the growth and development of preschool children,” said Cavanaugh. “We’re happy we chose Playworld to help us with the early gross motor development of our students. We are already looking to replace another structure on our playground and Playworld is helping us with that now. We’re really excited to be working with the company again and can’t wait to see what other outdoor adventures are in store for our kids.”
Are you in need of innovative, safe playground equipment for your school? Get in touch with your local Playworld representative today.