“How can our environment promote independent and educational play by all with the utmost safety for children and greatest ease of use by teachers?”
Other companies describe their structures based on “capacity” – how many children can “fit” on a structure. Capacity-based design is dangerous because it:
• Encourages the crowding of children on elevated decks.
• Leads to shoving or jockeying for space.
• Induces falls.
• Encourages unhealthy competition.
• Creates “waiting lines” for use of equipment.
By contrast, our environments help children spread out as they choose appropriate play in various “centers.”
Above: Department of Labor, Washington D.C. designed by founder, Eric Strickland, Ph.D.