Safe and Fun Playgrounds: A Handbook

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6.9 X 0.5 X 9.9 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Heather M. Olsen, EdD, executive director of the National Program for Playground Safety has spent her professional career providing education and training for safe and engaging playgrounds across the country. Dr. Olsen is also a professor at the University of Northern Iowa in the College of Education. Susan D. Hudson, PhD, has been an educator, consultant, and practitioner in the field of leisure, youth and human services for over 39 years. She is a McElroy Professor, one of only three such endowed professorships in the country, and the former Education Director for the National Program for Playground Safety. Donna Thompson, PhD, founded the National Program for Playground Safety and established the NPPS SAFE program for playground safety used by many organizations today. Dr. Thompson has been a professor at the University of Northern Iowa for over 35 years and continues to educate educators, caregivers, and others on playground design and safety.


Informing, provocative, and comprehensive. Every elementary principal and preschool director should read this book; and they should take action on his/her playground using the information and checklists in the Appendix. There is no need for one more playground accident if playground safety is a priority and the principles in this book are followed.--Marcy Guddemi, Gesell Institute of Human Development

Safe and Fun Playgrounds: A Handbook discusses safety in outdoor play environments and is a recommendation for schools and educators interested in the latest research on equipment, playground design, and play. It's written by the founders of the National Program for Playground Safety, and represents some eighty years of combined professional knowledge as it discusses basic rules for playground design and management and provides strategies for incorporating them into a child's overall educational process. From maintaining equipment to understanding dangerous surfaces and making modifications, this is a 'must' for any who are involved with kids and play.--Education Shelf, Midwest Book Review

Written by the founders of the National Program for Playground Safety, who share over 80 years of combined professional experience, Safe and Fun Playgrounds: A Handbook is a straightforward guide to creating, maintaining, and supervising children's playgrounds that foster healthy cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development. Physical safety is given paramount importance (and incorporated into age-appropriate design choices as well as recommendations for fall surfacing), but the "fun" part of "safe and fun" is given its due as well. A wealth of appendices, including a supervisory checklist, an ADA accessibility checklist, routine safety/maintenance inspection checklists, and more round out this practical, "must-have" resource for schools, day care centers, and anyone involved in the creation of a public playground. Highly recommended!--Library Bookwatch