As you know, for Olivia’s birthday in March, I finally gave in and got her a trampoline. She had been after one ever since her cousins got them for Christmas 2016. So there it is sat smack bang in the middle of my back garden leaving me with the new issue of looking for safe flooring for children outside!
Do You Need Safe Flooring for Children Outside?
My garden is made up of part grass, part concrete and paving slabs. It’s not designed to be family-friendly. The back garden is more a space for parking cars as we have no on road parking for our house. Olivia’s 8ft trampoline pretty much takes over an area smack bang in the middle and covers all the concrete/paved area and edges towards the grass.
The garden is in desperate need of updating and sorting out this year anyway. But with having the trampoline getting some safe flooring for children outside has become a priority. Even with the trampoline having a safety net the kids can still fall from the edge when getting on and off.
What Type of Safe Flooring for Outside for Children Should You Be Looking For?
To make sure to keep kids safe in the garden I have been looking at different types of flooring. Mostly similar to the outside flooring Olivia’s school had installed when it reopened its new building a few years ago. It looks like regular tarmac but you can feel how soft and springy it is when you walk on it. The safety flooring covers most of the playground area and is the base for the basketball court which also doubles as a football pitch with markings for both on it. There are also graphic prints on the safety flooring like hopscotch for the kids to play on at break times. Around the edge of the safety flooring, which you can just about see in the picture below, there is also a running track too. There is plenty of ways to brighten up the flooring to make it functional as well as practical.
Our local park also has some great flooring options for children in the children’s park area. Covering all around the swings, slides and climbing frames. It is also under the free exercise equipment which Olivia is very fond of using as we walk through on my way to and from work.
So what I’m thinking is to cover the paved area and concrete with a safety flooring suitable for children of all ages, including clumsy me. Then cover the grass with artificial turf possibly with shock absorbers underneath. This would literally cover all my bases should one of them (100% will be the nephew) decide to jump head first off the side.
Do you have a trampoline in your garden? I would love to know how you make the area safe for the kids to minimise any unwanted accidents. Do you have safe flooring for children outside?