ESP Play were approached by Sacred Heart Catholic Primary school in March 2021 to provide advice on how to create a new outdoor EYFS play area for their pupils. Sacred Heart is a Catholic school is located in Leeds and is part of the St Gregory the Great Catholic Academy Trust.

School: Sacred Heart Catholic Primary

Location: Leeds

EYFS play areas are high on the priority list for schools. With the introduction of the new EYFS curriculum and with the immeasurable impact of COVID, schools are now investing heavily in outdoor play areas.

Our team at ESP Play specialise in the design of outdoor play areas for schools. Our in-house expertise will ensure each area of learning and development is designed and implemented through planned, purposeful outdoor play and that will enable a mix of adult-led learning and child-initiated play activities.

Outdoor play is essential for children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, to think about problems, and relate to others. We understand that children learn by leading their own play, and by taking part in play which is guided by adults. Our approach to the design of EYFS play areas directly reflects the curriculum objectives. The advice we provide is outcomes led and focussed on delivering a high quality and sustainable resource.

Sacred Heart Catholic Primary has a unique mission to provide the very best education both academically and spiritually for their strong and inclusive community. Developing children’s faith is a central part of the school’s mission. They are committed to all aspects of safeguarding for the children in their care and they expect all our staff, volunteers and visitors to promote the wellbeing of all our children. One objective of this playground development outside of curriculum outcomes, was to embed an impressive facility that would wow prospective parents. Every school wants full classrooms and to be seen as the most attractive school in their local area. This investment by Sacred Heart is identified a key and pivotal strategy to make their school the number one choice within their local demographic.

Take a look at this wonderful drone footage which showcases the outcomes of the installation.