As a Learning Assistant in a primary school who has to be out in the playground with the children at break times, I think that having playground equipment for the pupils is the best thing since sliced bread. It has made my job so much easier. Gone are the days when there would be lots of low level disruption because the children were bored as there was nothing for them to do. No matter what we tried there was always someone behaving badly and causing a fuss. Fast forward to outdoor play equipment UK options in all our play areas and the disruptive behaviour has all but disappeared.
I have been given the task of maintaining the play equipment, which is something it took us a while to realise was essential. It was only when we realised that there was a loose board on the trim trail that it became clear that we needed regular inspections. The equipment is played on by children outside of school hours so in those moments we do not really know how it is being treated. Some of those using the area are also over primary school age which can cause damage.
Nowadays I make sure that I walk round all the play equipment on a daily basis and check that nothing is loose or damaged, that there are no rough bits which could catch or hurt a little person. It does not take long. I also check that the ground underneath the equipment is safe, we have safety covering, not unlike wooden shavings. I check to see that this is even, that there are no bare patches so that if a child falls they are cushioned. Sometimes I even dry off the equipment before anyone plays on it as you cannot take chances.
We also have lots of little equipment, balls, hoops, skipping ropes and the like. I check that they are in good condition and have been stored properly in their containers. With so many children playing regularly with these toys it is easy for them to become unsafe.
Finally I have been given the responsibility of deciding when it is unsafe for pupils to be on the larger equipment. If it has been wet or icy then it really can make the climbing equipment and trim trail unsafe and I regretfully have to say that they are out of bounds. It also means that the small equipment has to stay inside as well as muddy equipment is unpleasant to handle and will not last long.