If you will be opening a Montessori School you will be required to have some form of checklist for your playground area (including equipment, grounds, etc).
Please review the Children & Youth Services Requirements (the body that regulates and approves preschool services) for your specific area. Each country/region will have requirements that must be met and maintained in order to remain licensed. Here in Ontario, we must adhere to the Day Nurseries Act.
The easiest way to ensure the safety of the children (and meet your requirements) is to maintain a log book.
The downloads below in Microsoft Office Excel 97-2003 Workbook format so that you can alter the documents to suit your specific needs (school name, logo, requirements,etc). They are in no way comprehensive checklists - you have to fill in what is required for your own playground setting and license.
Natural Playgrounds allow for open-ended, multi-age, sensorial play. It allows for children to explore nature (watch birds and bugs build homes), as well as plant, nurture and harvest living things (flowers and vegetable gardens) - how Montessori!
Natural playgrounds offer settings that encourage children to explore
their imagination! These natural playgrounds allow both gross and fine motor skills to be engaged. They increase cognitive skills, attention span, collaborative play, and allow creativity to flourish.
Activities in natural playgrounds will vary according to the natural features of the land:
moving around interesting pathways
rolling down hills
connecting with nature
playing with water and sand
playing/moving loose equipment
Some of features you may want to consider adding to a natural playground:
low work table
Things to add:
natural water play area
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