Covid-19: managing the risks at the playground

Help us all to be safe!

Covid-19 safety rules for parents and children at Lollard Street Adventure Playground

 The coronavirus can infect people without them knowing, and children are especially likely to show only mild or even no symptoms, even though they are carrying the virus. An asymptomatic child can still infect others, who may then become seriously ill.

Since opening in the summer, we have learned more about how best to manage the risks on the playground. In this light, and taking account of the most current government guidance, we have reviewed our risk assessment and revised our approach.

The new rules, as we are giving them to children, are set out below.

The biggest change is that children will be required to remain in a specific group of not more than 15, and to not mix with children outside this group while they are at the playground. Children will have a chance to say which group they wish to be in and, as far as possible, we will take their preference into account.

These rules are to keep all of us safe – your children, your family and friends, and the playground staff – while still enabling your children to enjoy the adventure playground.

Please support your child to follow the rules as well as they are able to.

Thank you.

A copy of our full risk assessment, as reviewed and updated in October 2020 can be viewed here.


Please do not send/bring your child to the playground …

1. If they or any of your family has any of the Covid-19 symptoms:

    • A new continuous cough

    • A high temperature

    • A loss or change of smell/taste.

2. If you have symptoms, tell your family or teacher and they will apply for you to be tested.

3. If your child or any of your family has tested positive for Covid-19. The test centre will tell you what to do.

4. If your child has been told to self-isolate by their school or public health officials.

5. If you are within the quarantine period after travelling back from certain countries. (Please check the latest government information).

Thank you for helping to keep us all safe.


Rules for children at the playground

  1. Stay socially distant (2m) from others when queuing to enter.

  2. Wash your hands for 20 seconds after signing in.

  3. Listen to the playworker on the door, who will tell you which group you are in, and which playwork staff are with your group.

  4. Go straight outside and only play with other children in your group.

  5. If you need an adult, go first to the playworker for your group.

  6. Remain outside, in your group, unless needing the toilet, or your group is given time to play inside.

  7. Even in your group, remain 1-2m apart from others as much as possible. Avoid close or direct contact.

  8. Wash your hands for 20 seconds after using the toilet, and before eating and drinking anything.

  9. If you need to sneeze or blow your nose, use a tissue and throw it away immediately afterwards. If you don’t have a tissue, ask a member of staff.

  10. If you begin to feel unwell, tell a member of staff immediately.

Thank you. Please stay safe … and have fun!