Shade in childcare centres
Shade planning and design for each service type will be influenced by the number of children in care and the size of the outdoor play space.
Depending on the type of service, it can be of benefit to gather together representatives from management, staff, parents and relevant professionals such as architects or landscapers to be involved in the design process. This will ensure that the need for shade is considered within the context of other issues and requirements.
Consider existing shade
A great first step can be to try to optimise the use of existing shade. For example, move play equipment to a shaded area or prune low branches from trees to allow children to play underneath.
How often is each different outdoor area used?
It is important to take into account the usage patterns of the outdoor area, including the type of activities that occur, where they occur, and when they occur. Sufficient shade should be available at the times of heaviest use, particularly when UV radiation levels are most intense.
Ensure new shade does not make an area uncomfortable and cold in winter. A shade structure can also provide protection from the rain.