Playgrounds are re-opening – and here’s what parents need to know

From Saturday 4th July, childrens’ outdoor playgrounds are being allowed to re-open in many parts of the UK, after a long closure due to coronavirus. And that’s wonderful news for all of us with children who’ve been missing the slides and swings and climbing frames in our local park.

What date are children’s playgrounds opening?

  • In England, playgrounds can open from Saturday 4th July

When my local children’s playground opens, what safety precautions do I need to take?

The Register of Play Inspectors International (RPII) is particularly keen to for parents to be careful of any playground features that may have been secured to put them out of use. They recommend that you do not unravel any swing seats or cables that have been secured to put them out of use. This is something that must be done safely by the playground’s owner or operator. Higham Parish Council will ensure that all play areas are ready for use on the 4th July.

Other important safety tips include:

  • Follow the current social-distancing guidelines when you’re in the playground. and encourage your children to do the same.
  • If the playground is busy, consider coming back at a later time. Talk to your children about this possibility before you set out.
  • Wash your hands and your childrens’ hands before and after visiting the playground.
  • Take hand-sanitiser with you and consider taking a bottle of water too to clean your childrens’ hands if they get covered in mud or sand. Ensure your children are using hand-sanitiser frequently.

Thank you for your continued support.

Higham Parish Council