Staff will promote physical development of all children, including participation of children with disabilities.
Planning for Outdoor Play
Your outdoor area should offer a balance of activities to support child development across the four domains: social, emotional, physical, and cognitive. All equipment must meet safety standards. (see Playground Safety policy)Your play area should meet the following general criteria as much as possible:
- The area has some natural materials (wood climber, garden, stones, trees, bushes, grass, wood chips).
- The area has a variety of activity choices (children can ride, construct, swing, hammer, climb, read, pour, dig, kick, throw, pretend, paint, balance, cooperate, play games).
- There are grassy, open areas.
- There is a smooth surface for equipment with wheels.
- There are private places where children can play quietly alone or with one or two others.
- There is a storage area large enough to hold equipment and toys.
- There are play opportunities for children of differing abilities.
- There is enough room for children to move freely without getting in other people’s way.
- There are different levels (small hills, ramps, flat areas, climbers with platforms at different heights).
- There are a variety of hard and soft textures and surfaces (grass, sand, paved areas, wood chips).
- There are sunny and shady areas.
- One shady area includes a place – like a table – for eating and activities such as drawing or doing a puzzle.
This policy complies with Head Start Performance Standard 45CFR Section 1304.21(a)(5) .
It was approved by Policy Council on April 8, 1997.
Updated July 7, 1999. November 15, 2000. June 2008. November 2010. August 2013
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