Caring for Our Children (CFOC)

Chapter 6: Play Areas/Playgrounds and Transportation

6.2 Play Area/Playground Equipment

6.2.1 General Requirements Design of Play Equipment

Play equipment should be of safe design and in good repair. Outdoor climbing equipment and swings should be assembled, anchored and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Swings should have soft and flexible seats. Access to play equipment should be limited to age groups for which the equipment is developmentally appropriate.
Having well-designed, age-appropriate play equipment lessens injuries (1-3). Equipment that is sized for larger and more mature children poses challenges that younger, smaller, and less mature children may not be able to meet.
The method of anchoring play equipment should take into consideration ground conditions and seasonal changes in ground condition.
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  1. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). 2008. Public playground safety handbook. Bethesda, MD: CPSC.
  2. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). 2005. Outdoor home playground safety handbook. Bethesda, MD: CPSC.
  3. Fiene, R. 2002. 13 indicators of quality child care: Research update. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.