Educational Links and Initiatives
Here are some links for our accreditations:
The API (Association of Play Industries) is the leading trade body in the play industry and actively promotes good play space design, installation and workmanship.
CHAS (the Contractors Health & Safety Assessment Scheme) is established as the market leader for health and safety pre-qualification in the UK.
All our staff are fully CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) checked. The CRB aim to make sure they identify candidates who may be unsuitable to work with children or other vulnerable members of society.
ROSPA (The Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents) is a charity that aims to prevent accidents, reduce injuries and save lives.
Pendlewood is a proud member of Learning Through Landscapes, a body that believes that children who miss out on good school grounds miss out on the best start in life. Learning Through Landscapes actively campaign for and help schools and early years settings that make the most their grounds.
Construction Line is the UK's largest pre-register for pre qualified contractors and consultants. All suppliers are pre qualified to government standards.
The Federation of Small Businesses is the UK's largest pressure group for promoting and protecting the interests of self-employed people and owners of small businesses.
The Local Authority Building Control's mission is to ensure that buildings are healthy, safe, sustainable and accessible for all users and tenants whether domestic, commercial or public service.
A link to Every Child Matters, the Government's new approach for ensuring children, from birth to the age of 19, have the support they need to be healthy, stay safe, enjoy & achieve, make a positive contribution and achieve economic well-being, regardless of background or circumstances.
The website for the Department for Children, Schools & Families, the government department whose mission is to make this the UK the best place in the world for children and young people to grow up.
The Early Years Consultancy is a company that has been established to meet the growing need for high quality training and consultancy services in the new Early Years Foundation stage.
4Children is a national charity that is dedicated to creating opportunities and building futures for all children.
Play England is a National Lottery funded partnership that aims for all children and young people in England to have regular access to and opportunity for free, inclusive, local play provision and play space.
The Federation of the European Play Industry (FEPI) is a non-profit association at European level comprising European-based companies and European national play industries federations.
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) make sure that workers are protected against risks to health and safety of individuals in any work related activity.
This is a useful link for anybody who wants advice and information on how to obtain funding for play based projects.
For those who work with disadvantaged children and young people, this is a link that is worth checking, to see whether or nor you are eligible for a "Children In Need" grant.
Here are some links to timber regulators, of whom our Environmental Statement guarantees our timber and environmental standards will, at a minimum, match these regulators.
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) an international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world's forests.
The UK Woodland Assurance Standard (UKWAS) is an independent certification standard for verifying sustainable woodland management in the United Kingdom.
The Pan European Forestry Council (PEFC) is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation, founded in 1999 which promotes sustainably managed forests.
The Wood Protection Agency (WPA) is striving to achieve and promote clear understanding and leadership in the field of enhancing the durability and performance of wood and wood based panel products.
Pendlewood's school playground and Early Years products are incredibly ambitious and exciting in their design and execution. While we take no bigger satisfaction than putting smiles on the faces of children, we also take great pride in the fact that we understand the full context in which these designs will be used by children.
Therefore we ensure each product is educational and we endeavour that every design links into the national curriculum and all the current educational initiatives.
Here are a few examples of the various schemes we have been taking into account when creating our children's play equipment.
Every Child Matters:
The government states that every child, regardless of background or circumstances, should have the support needed to:
- Be healthy
- Stay safe
- Enjoy and achieve
- Make a positive contribution
- Achieve economic well-being
All our products are to the highest possible health & safety standards. This is verified by the fact we are certified members of ROSPA, which is actively involved in the promotion of safety and the prevention of accidents in all areas of life.
Pendlewood has also strived to make every single piece of play equipment inclusive and is geared towards all children, regardless of their academic achievement levels, social difficulties or physical disability.
National Healthy School Program: Schools are now strongly encouraged to prove their National Healthy School Status.
This is now a key area for schools to satisfy as it promotes a whole school approach to health. All of our Adventure and Activity ranges encourage physical activity in a safe and inclusive manner, which will help satisfy "physical activity" - one of the essential criteria needed for schools to attain this status.
Our Kew range, our selection of amphitheatres and the Storyteller's chairs certainly encourage this. The Kew is an outside classroom, which doubles as a play area, and can be used to teach almost any subject such is its versatility. Our amphitheatres are great for taking drama or reading classes outdoors. And Pendlewood's many varied adventure trails are ideal for giving children natural science lessons first hand.
Early Years Foundation Stage: As of September 2008, the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) has come into force, aimed at ensuring parents of all children under Reception class age be confident that their child will receive a quality experience that supports their development and learning. The EYFS is based on principles of inclusion which means that early years providers' oppose discrimination and prejudice and welcome all families and children.
Our Early Years section of the website means we have a dedicated range of products showcased relating to the EYFS.
These Early Years focused products include the innovative and highly acclaimed Mini-Tots range, which is aimed at teaching children from the age of two upwards the value of community cohesion and is aimed at building respect within communities from the earliest possible age.