Childcare and Pre-School Playground Equipment 

Give the kids at your child development center, childcare, or pre-school new ways to learn and develop by adding a playground equipment that supports your center’s goals. Play is an incredibly important part of how kids grow. As they climb, jump, slide, and swing with friends, they’ll be doing more than having fun — they’ll also be developing key mental, social, physical, and emotional skills.

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What To Look for In a Pre-School or Childcare Playground

When you’re considering playground equipment for a pre-school or childcare, several factors should be taken into account to ensure the safety, engagement, and development of the students using it.

  • Line of Sight and Safety: Choose playground equipment that doesn’t hinder supervision so that supervisors have a clear line of site across the playground.
  • Age-Appropriateness: Choose playground equipment that offers appropriate physical challenges to your students.
  • Inclusivity: Choose equipment that allows children of all abilities to play together.
  • Budget: We know budget is an important factor. Beyond the equipment itself, freight, installation, and surfacing should also be considered.

Budgeting Resources for Pre-Schools and Childcares

Not sure where to start when budgeting for your next playground? Look at our Budgeting Guide, which outlines all the budget areas that should be considered when purchasing a new playground.

There are many state and national grants available to fund playground equipment. Download our handy state-by-state grant guide to see what’s available in your area.

We have secured opportunities for government-funded pre-schools or child cares to utilize national purchasing power through reputable purchasing cooperatives. Not only can you bypass the bidding process, but you can also (in most cases) receive discounts on our playground equipment if you purchase through the cooperative.

Take advantage of our seasonal playground sales! We offer popular playgrounds at discounts throughout the year.

Planning Tools

Make shopping for your next playground easier with the use of our planning tools.


Design Process

Learn about our design process and what steps you’ll take to build your playground.


Maintenance Plan

Download our Maintenance Guide so you can start creating your playground's maintenance plan.



Want to see all our playground equipment in one place? Check out our catalog.

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The Role of Unstructured Play in Child Development

Most parents and educators are aware that play is important for kids, but what many don’t realize is just how closely child development and play are connected. Play directly correlates to brain development and how children grow cognitively, socially, emotionally, and physically. The social interaction that kids have while playing side by side is an excellent place for them to explore feelings, learn to express themselves, and develop oral skills. What’s more, all the movement that happens on a playground allows for many new learning opportunities in adaptability, flexibility, and resilience. Essentially, the combination of all these skill-building aspects of play makes it one of the most valuable and beneficial aspects of childhood — and, with the right play structure, it’s easy to help kids make the most of their time on the playground.

Playgrounds to Encourage Child Development and Play

Superior Playgrounds offers a variety of different playground options, including the following, all of which are customizable in terms of colors, style, and features:

  • Classic Play Environment with a Learning Area: Designed for children ages 2 to 5, this playground environment includes a fun structure, shaded swings, a climbing area, and an outdoor classroom.
  • Active with Imagination for All Ages: Featuring a physical and a dramatic play area, this play environment is geared toward kids between the ages of 2 and 5 but also includes a ground-based structure for kids who are between 6 and 23 months old. It features a freestanding gas station and storefront, a pair of talk tubes, and traffic signs.
  • Inspire Creative and Active Play: Inspire imaginative play with this package that features a structure and swings, along with outdoor musical instruments.

Need help with selecting playground equipment?

Our knowledgeable sales representatives can help you pick playground equipment that is age-appropriate, suitable to the space available, and within budget.