Planning Tool // Playground Supervision

Provide a Safe Environment For Active Fun

Adequate playground supervision is an essential for providing a safer environment for active, fun play. In this seminar you will learn about building or improving a supervisory program within your agency or school. This interactive session will help you explore the value of play, gain an understanding of the play environment, identify potentially hazardous conditions, develop an understanding of acceptable play behaviors, define recommended supervision practices, and prepare yourself and your school to improve its playground supervisory program. Group activities allow agencies to create customized site inspections, develop playground rules, identify sight line considerations and establish positive behaviors supports so your playground supervision plan will be immediately improved.

The importance of a qualified and caring playground supervisor frequently goes unnoticed by everyone except children. You need to be a compassionate adult, often lending a friendly ear, as well as an administrator, enforcing the rules. The primary job of a playground supervisor is to be concerned about the safety and welfare of the children that are in your care. How you choose to do your job may impact not only their safety but the value of their play. Through play, children grow and develop valuable skills that will carry them into the adult world. The work of a playground supervisor is to enhance play opportunities and restrict behaviors that prevent children from productive, safer play experiences. Along with participating in this seminar, supervisors should familiarize themselves with their school or agency’s playground related policies, be trained in first aid, and participate in ongoing learning about best practices for playground supervision.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the importance of the value of play and playground supervision
  • Gain an understanding of the play environment
  • Identify potential environmental and playground equipment hazards
  • Develop active supervision practices to reduce injuries
  • Develop an understanding of potential behavior related hazards
  • Define the elements of a pre‐play site inspection
  • Develop effective supervision and emergency response plans for continuous quality improvement