The proper amount of cushioning depends on the type of cushioning used and the fall height of the equipment. The minimum amount of cushioning required regardless of type and fall height is 9 inches.

You can use recycled, shredded rubber, sand, pea gravel, wood mulch (non-CCA), and wood chips.

"S" hooks provide entanglement hazards. An open S-hook can catch a child's clothing and present a strangulation hazard. An S-hook should be pinched closed. It is considered closed if there is no gap or space larger than .004" (about the thickness of a dime).

You may incorporate natural playscapes, but you must take into consideration fall zones and cushioning requirements that are listed above.

Proper supervision is the key to creating a safe environment while allowing children to explore on their own!

Parachutes are a great gross motor activity, but when using them you must invite children to play. If he or she does not want to take part in outdoor free play then do not require them to play. If you do, then you have taken away the ability to have free choice. The same holds true of any piece of equipment or activity provided during outdoor free play.

Balance beams should be placed on dirt, grass, or a carpeted area (remember the balance beam needs a 6-foot usage zone.) For preschoolers, balance beams should not be taller than 12 inches in height.

Yes, the reviewer will be inspecting your outdoor space on the day of the review regardless of the weather.

Yes, on rainy days you must provide a space for active gross motor play indoors. Your reviewer will be asking you about the space on the day of your visit.

A minimum of 30 minutes of gross motor play must be offered on a daily basis.

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