Playground Safety Quick Check

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Print this quick check form on one sheet of paper, double-sided. Then cut out four quick check cards. Make them available to parents, guests and staff to fill out and turn in at the front desk. This tool helps you continually audit and monitor your playground safety practices. Be sure to follow-up on positive results and results that need improvement.

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Playground Safety Quick Check

  • Are staff identifiable (e.g. wearing a name badge, in uniform shirt and/or clothing of a recognizable color)?
  • Are all children within sight of a staff person?
  • Are staff spread out across the playground (e.g. not congregating in one area)?
  • Do you see a staff member supervising elevated areas (e.g. bridges, monkey bars, etc.)?
  • Are staff engaged with and supervising children at all times?
  • Is there protective surfacing located under all elements (e.g. mulch, wood chips, rubber mats)?
  • Do you see evidence of trash or other debris within the playground area?
  • Are there any obstructions that prevent staff from keeping children in line of sight?

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