Playforce sweeps gold in annual 5 to 7 Educator Awards

Press Release   •   Sep 29, 2010 17:36 BST

Leading playground manufacturer, Playforce, has received the gold award for its Mini-Beast Exploration Table in the 5 to 7 Educator Awards 2010. These highly prestigious awards are organised by publisher Mark Allen Group and aim to highlight the quality and diversity of educational products and resources. The national awards are judged by teaching and learning professionals.

Playforce entered its Mini-Beast Exploration Table; based on making playtime fun and enabling children to immerse themselves in the natural world, it allows children to get close to nature. The table comprises a rotating inspection tray holding six petri dishes that can be viewed at approximately twice life size through three magnifying lenses. A desktop area is also incorporated in the design for children to complete drawings of nature life, such as ladybirds, woodlice and leaves.

Andrew Whittles, design director of Playforce, said: “To be recognised as amongst the most outstanding, trusted educational resource providers in the outdoor play equipment industry is a hugely positive reward for the Playforce team. We constantly strive to ensure that children are at the heart of our each and every resource and design. To have one of our products selected as excellent by practising teachers is an honour and reinforces our understanding that our solutions are well-received and effective. We hope that children across the country will continue to find joy in our mini-beast exploration table.

Colin MacAdam, managing director, added: “Experiential outdoor play is crucial for a child’s emotional, social and educational development. Through active play and discovery we hope that the mini-beast table allows pupils’ curiosity of the natural world to flourish. Our objective is always to create outdoor spaces that truly support learning.”

The Mini-Beast Exploration Table is part of Playforce’s ‘Grow’ range, which also includes the Water World Discovery Pond, Worm World Discovery and Giant School Composter.

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Established for over 12 years, Playforce is the UK’s leader in the design and creation of innovative, curriculum linked play environments for all children.

Built on a team of educational pedigree, the company prides itself on its creativity and confidence to design and install playground equipment that answer every school’s or early years setting’s needs.

Play is a key component of a child’s health, well-being and happiness. Making playtime fun is the core principle at Playforce; as a result of Playforce’s consultative approach children are at the heart of each design for a truly personalised and engaging form of fun learning. Working extensively with early year’s settings, primary schools and local authorities across the UK, Playforce creates ‘well balanced’ playground designs that are unique, challenging, stimulating and most importantly, fun! The company has become a source of trusted advice for schools throughout the country.

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