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Playground Design 100 Hours Certificate Course

Price: £340.00Course Code: BHT216 CLD
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Playground Design 100 Hours Certificate Course

Playground Design course online.  This course emphasises the design and construction of playgrounds and small community parks, but is equally relevant to homes, schools and child care Centres.

Learn to Design Playgrounds and Understand the concepts behind designing children's playgrounds, acquiring the skills to create a Play Ground that enhances the Play Experience for children. 

This is an essential course for parks managers or landscape designers. It covers playground philosophy, design of play structures (for function & safety), materials selection, community participation and park design.  Anyone (Parent to landscaper) who develops a landscape that is to be used by children, has a responsibility to understand the full implications of what they are creating.  That involves understanding what play is, how children play, and then applying that knowledge to forming a play friendly environment.


Learning Goals: Playground Design BHT216
  • Examine the nature and scope of playgrounds and understand basic planning procedures.
  • Understand different theories of play and playground design.
  • Become familiar with planning and principles of design, and their importance in creating concept plans.
  • Describe different materials used for playgrounds.
  • Examine different types of park and playground structures.
  • Discuss different types of neighbourhood parks.
  • Review community involvement in playground design and construction.
  • Conduct a special project to refine your understanding of playground design.


Lesson Structure: Playground Design BHT216

There are 8 Comprehensive Lessons:

1  Overview of Parks and Playgrounds

  • Introduction
  • Playground Classification
  • Big Toy Playgrounds
  • Environmental Playgrounds
  • Community Playgrounds
  • Adventure (Free Play) Playgrounds
  • Themed Playgrounds
  • What a Playground is
  • Insurance
  • Manipulating and CHanging the Environment
  • Play Forests
  • How Valuable is a Playground?
  • Checklist for Functional Value of a Playground Design
  • Introduction tp Planning and Design
  • The Purpose of a Park or Playground
  • The Site Planning Process: Site Analysis, Design Concept, Master Plan

2  Playground Philosophy

  • Introduction
  • Defining Play
  • Theories of Play
  • A Modern Perspective
  • The Significance of Play
  • Other Approaches to Understanding Play
  • Playing and the Environment
  • Trailing
  • Adventure Playgrounds
  • Establishing an Adventure Playground
  • The Adventure Play Leader
  • Site Design

3  Preparing a Concept Plan

  • Planning for Play
  • Planning Processes
  • McLoughlin’s Concept of Systems Planning
  • Wilson’s Model of Systems Planning
  • General Planning Theories
  • Stages in Planning Processes
  • Creating Effects
  • A Step-by-Step Design Procedure
  • Ways of Reducing Costs When Developing a Playground
  • Playground Case Study: Occasional Care Centre - Moonee Ponds

4  Materials

  • Choosing Materials
  • Comparing Construction Materials
  • Barriers and Walls
  • Surfaces
  • Wood in Construction
  • Checklist for Play Structures
  • Sand Pits
  • Use of Water

5  Park and Playground Structures & Facilities

  • Introduction
  • Social Considerations
  • Function
  • Safety
  • Cost
  • Plants
  • Garden Buildings and Structures in Parks and Playgrounds
  • Siting Garden Buildings
  • Planting Around a Garden Building
  • Deciding What Building to Use
  • What to do With the Floor
  • Earth Forming
  • Hiring Machinery

6  Local and Neighbourhood Parks

  • Introduction
  • Fun and Fitness Trails
  • Skateboarding
  • Outdoor Multi-Purpose Courts
  • Court Elements
  • Specifications
  • Usage
  • Park Interpretation
  • Planning
  • Methods of Intepretation
  • What Can be Interpreted?
  • BMX Facilities
  • Case Study: Community Play Park - Mansfield

7  Community Participation in Park Development

  • Introduction
  • Ways to Involve the Community
  • Planning for Community Projects
  • Needs Assessment
  • Components of a Needs Assessment
  • Needs Assessment Process
  • Feasibility Study
  • Nature of Community Gardens
  • Problems
  • Organisation
  • Other Considerations

8  Special Assignment

  • Lesson 8 consists of learning through completing a special assignment. By now you should have learnt sufficient knowledge about designing parks and playgrounds to have a broad perspective of the field and what it covers.


Set Practical Tasks: Playground Design BHT216 :
  • Contact your local government or municipal planning department: a) Find out how they decide where to build parks and what facilities to put there. b) See if you can obtain any demographic information for your area (e.g. the numbers of people of
  • different ages and sex in each part of your locality). c) Find out if they know of any historical influences on the siting and design of parks in your
  • locality.
  • Select or find a park site containing a playground that is at least ten years old. Inspect the playground (including structures) carefully for wear and tear, and function (usability). Make notes of anything you observe.
  • Conduct an internet search for "Montessori playgrounds". Make notes on what you can find out about this style
  • of playground and the philosophy behind it.
  • Visit one established park and one established playground. Evaluate the design of the park and playground.
  • Visit three different parks and/or playgrounds. Investigate the use of barriers, including bollards, fences, plantings and walls in those parks/playgrounds.
  • Investigate equipment available from three different playground supply companies. Contact the companies directly or review their products online using an internet search. Choose two different items of playground equipment and compare what each company has to offer. In particular, note how they adhere to safety standards.
  • Select or find a park site containing a playground that is at least ten years old. Inspect the playground (including structures) carefully for wear and tear, and function (usability). Make notes of anything you observe.
  • Inspect four different items of outdoor furniture intended for use in parks or playgrounds. You might visit a supplier to find these items, or inspect suitable items on-site in a park or playground.
  • Contact your local council parks department or planning authority. Find out any legal requirements covering the design and operation of playgrounds under their control. Are there any standards relating to the design of playgrounds?
  • Visit two different playground areas. Observe carefully how the playground has been designed. If possible contact the management bodies for the playgrounds and enquire how the design of each playground has been influenced by concerns about legal liability.
  • Visit several neighbourhood parks. Observe what activities are being carried out. If possible interview several users of the park to find out what things they do in the park, what things they would like to happen in the park, and what things they think shouldn't occur in the park. If possible talk the management bodies for each park. Find out their views on these matters.
  • Inspect at least three different paths within parks that you are familiar with. Compare the construction of each path in terms of: Durability, Safety, Function and Maintenance Requirements.
  • Find a park which has been developed with community participation. Find out the attitudes of the local community to that development. Some ways to do this include: a) A survey of park users and/or immediate neighbours to the park, b) Discussion with the local parks management, c) Observations of people using the park and d) Consulting newspaper or journal articles and written reports about the park
  • Contact an insurance company, or consult literature produced by an insurance company, and find out what would be involved in getting insurance to cover a community group getting together to build a playground over a weekend (at a school, public park, or a preschool). It may be that insurance for this type of venture is covered under something like insurance for an 'event', or similar. Also find out what would be involved to insure the playground afterwards. Make notes.


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