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Boost Your Pupils Mental Well-being Through Outdoor Play

After seeing all of the conversations surrounding World Mental Health Day recently, we wanted to write a blog post about how important it is to encourage good mental health in children.

We could have included some shocking statistics, or maybe an […]

October 14th, 2019|Blog|

Is Play In Early Years The Secret Too Success?

If you’ve read any of our previous blog posts chances are you know that we believe play can have a huge impact on childhood development.

Outdoor play gives children the opportunity to practise running, jumping and balancing along with fine motor […]

August 15th, 2019|Blog|

Take Learning Outdoors & Prepare For The Next Outdoor Classroom Day!

This year’s Outdoor Classroom Day proved to be more popular than ever with many schools using the initiative to “test the water” when it comes to outdoor learning.

Originally founded in 2012 by Anna Portch. Outdoor Classroom Day was originally known […]

June 10th, 2019|Blog|

Play In The Early Years – What The World Health Organisation Recommends.

Here at Billy Bounce HQ, we talk about play a lot. If we’re being honest, we probably talk about it too much.

When it comes to the importance of play we’re obsessed, all consumed and despite our best intentions we keep […]

May 9th, 2019|Blog|

How The Daily Mile Can Help Reduce Stress Among Pupils

Over the past few years, it has become widely accepted that schools need to focus not just on pupil’s academic progress but also on their mental wellbeing.

Only last month, there were suggestions that every UK school should have ‘stress dog.’ […]

April 16th, 2019|Blog|

Are School Sports The Key For Future Career Success?

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, it’s important to look back and celebrate all of the achievements so far. However all around the world there is still work to be done.

Here in the UK, the fact many girls suffer from […]

March 7th, 2019|Blog|

How To Take World Book Day Outdoors

World Book Day is fast approaching and it can be a great way to encourage a love of reading among children who wouldn’t normally settle down with a good book.

That said, as many schools choose to include fancy dress, all […]

March 6th, 2019|Blog|

Outdoor Learning Benefits Children, But Could It Also Benefit Your Nursery?

Outdoor Learning Benefits Children, But Could It Also Benefit Your Nursery?
Last year the idea of outdoor learning was the topic on everyone’s lips, and this year it looks like there will be no slowing of momentum. From practioners to parents, […]

January 25th, 2019|Blog|

Outdoor Play In Winter: Don’t Let Bad Weather Ruin The Fun

Outdoor Play In Winter: Don’t Let Bad Weather Ruin Your Fun
During winter it can be tempting to limit outdoor play to avoid the risk of children being stuck with nothing but wet clothes and shoes to wear until home time.

However […]

December 18th, 2018|Blog|

How Long Does A Playground Install Take?

How Long Does A Playground Install Take?
Whenever we speak to a school or nursery about installing new a new playground surface, the chances are they need to have a clear timescale to work with. So we thought we’d use this […]

November 23rd, 2018|Blog|

How to Care For Playground Surfacing

How to Care For Playground Surfacing
Our playground surfaces are not only impact absorbent, they are also non-slip and virtually maintenance free. This said, to ensure your playground is as safe as can be and lasts as long as possible, we […]

October 30th, 2018|Blog|

Why Do Schools Have Playgrounds?

If I asked you to think back to your time at primary school, you may remember that great teacher, or a certain lesson that inspired you. I bet you also think about the time you spent in the playground, making […]

October 4th, 2018|Blog|

The Top 5 Reasons For Investing In Safety Surfacing

Investing in safety surfacing can be a big decision. If you are working to a tight budget, it may be tempting to ask whether you really need a safety surface or whether grass will suffice. While natural grass has its […]

August 24th, 2018|Blog|

How Is Playground Surfacing Installed?

How Is Playground Surfacing Installed?
If you’ve never invested in playground surfacing before, it can seem like a complicated business – however it is quite simple!

Once you know the area size, what the surfacing will be installed upon and what you […]

July 27th, 2018|Blog|

How To Make The Most Of The PE & Sports Premium

Now that you have read our previous posts, you know what the premium is, how much your school will receive and what you can use it for.

But the most the important question is: how can you make the most of […]

May 4th, 2018|Blog|

What Can The PE & Sports Premium Be Spent On?

When it comes to what the PE & Sports Premium can be spent on, the clue is in the name. The funding must be used to “make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of the PE and sports you […]

April 24th, 2018|Blog|

How is the PE & Sports Premium Allocated?

In our last post, we delved into what exactly the PE & Sports Premium is, and how it is being funded. If you missed that post, you can read it here.

So now, the big question is how is the money […]

April 10th, 2018|Blog|

What Is The PE & Sports Premium?

Over the past twelve months school budgets have been a hot topic of debate, with stories such as school weeks being shortened and pleas to parents becoming regular tabloid headlines.

As school staff members grapple with how to make their budgets […]

March 16th, 2018|Blog|

How To Fund Your Playground

How To Fund Your Playground
As the weather slowly but surely gets warmer and children look forward to spend more time outdoors, you may be starting to think more about your outside spaces. We understand however that improving your outside space […]

March 5th, 2018|Blog|

Which Safety Surface Is Best For Me?

Which Safety Surfacing Is Best For Me?
If you are looking to create a new play area, one of the obvious questions is which safety surface will serve you best?

Both of our safety surfaces are impact absorbent and non-slip, they have […]

February 21st, 2018|Blog|

What Options Are There For Repairing Playground Surfaces?

What Options Are There For Repairing Playground Surfacing?
Arriving in the morning to find your playground surfacing has been damaged can be heart-breaking and infuriating. The important thing is what you do next. Luckily there are a number of options available […]

January 19th, 2018|Blog|

Should We Allow Children To Take More Risks?

Should We Allow Children To Take More Risks?
As we head towards a new calendar year, it’s important to look back and take stock of the last 12 months. In 2017 we saw a growing back lash against the ‘snowflake’ generation […]

December 18th, 2017|Blog|

How To Deal With Icy Playgrounds

How To Deal With Icey Playgrounds
As the days get colder, and the nights get longer, teachers and care takers all over the country begin to worry… Will Jack Frost wreak havoc on their playgrounds tonight?

Frost, snow and ice can cause […]

November 21st, 2017|Blog|

Easy Ways Schools Can Encourage Outdoor Activity

Easy Ways Schools Can Encourage Outdoor Activity
School playgrounds should be a hive of activity, with children making the most of the time between lessons to have fun and get active. However as ever younger children bring mobile phones into schools, […]

October 16th, 2017|Blog|

How Your Nursery Can Encourage Embodied Learning

How Your Nursery Can Encourage Embodied Learning
There are many arguments about the best way to get young children engaged in learning, however, a lot of people agree the idea of Embodied Learning is one of the best.

In its basic form […]

July 10th, 2017|Blog|

Does Your Playground Reduce Bullying?

A recent study from New Zealand suggests that the design of a playground could have an impact on the levels of bullying reported within a school.

The study followed children aged between 6 – 9 years old in 16 schools over […]

June 14th, 2017|Blog|

Little Known Ways to Improve Your Nursery’s Garden

Little Known Ways to Improve Your Nursery’s Garden
An outdoor learning environment offers children experiences that are harder to provide in the same way indoors.  A garden filled with lots of opportunities can support health, stimulate risk-taking and sensory experiences. It’s […]

September 29th, 2016|Blog|

How We Spent Our Summer

How We Spent Our Summer
The summer holidays are our busiest time of year. Whilst the schools are quiet, it’s our turn to head into playgrounds and install our play surfacing.  Once again, our summer has been spent working on some really […]

September 7th, 2016|Blog|

Get Rid of Mud Once and For All!

Get Rid of Mud Once and For All!

The Problem with Mud in Playgrounds
Schools and nurseries with small playgrounds of mainly fields know all too well that mud can restrict play and outdoor learning. Even when it’s not raining, mud can […]

August 12th, 2016|Blog|

Teachers, Don’t Fundraise Until You’ve Read This!

Teachers, Don’t Fundraise Until You’ve Read This!
Fundraising is fantastic! It builds spirits, brings communities together and shows hard work pays off when you can afford what you’ve been fundraising for.

But, it can have the opposite effect, where no matter how […]

July 13th, 2016|Blog|

The Best Outdoor Play Articles of the Past Month

Teachers, Don’t Fundraise Until You’ve Read This!
We may be THE playground surfacing experts – but we are by no means outdoor play experts. In order to achieve such status, we keep well educated on our customer’s industry and study the […]

June 29th, 2016|Blog|

Six Outdoor Fundraising Ideas for Children

Six Outdoor Fundraising Ideas for Children
We understand that enhancing your school or nursery can be pricey. That’s why as part of our impeccable service, we’d like to help you with any additional fundraising that you may need towards your new […]

June 3rd, 2016|Blog|

The Best Kind of Surfacing for Trim Trails

The Best Kind of Surfacing for Trim Trails
Commonly found in school playgrounds,trim trails are fun obstacle courses that test children’s balance and coordination. However, many of these adventure trails are out of use due to inadequate surfacing underneath the play equipment.
What Surfacing […]

May 9th, 2016|Blog|

The Ultimate Guide To CFH (Critical Fall Height)

The Ultimate Guide To CFH (Critical Fall Height)
Critical Fall Height (CFH) only applies to playgrounds with play equipment and sometimes, a trim trail.

CFH is the height from which it is assessed that a surface will absorb the impact of a […]

April 3rd, 2016|Blog|

Make The Daily Mile™ Even Easier!

Make The Daily Mile™ Even Easier!

Back in 2012, Elaine Wyllie developed The Daily Mile initiative whilst teaching at St Ninian’s Primary School. Her aim was to get pupils fitter by running for 15 minutes at their own pace around the […]

March 23rd, 2016|Blog|

[Photos] Playground Surface Installations From The 1990’s

Playground Surface Installations From The 1990’s
Throughout the decades, we have been building an inspirational album full of the playground surfaces that we have installed at schools and nurseries across the UK.

We’re always proud of the work we install, no matter […]

March 21st, 2016|Blog|

The History of the Hopscotch

The History of the Hopscotch
It is believed that the Hopscotch was first recorded back in 1677. However, there are many theories to how the popular playground game came about. Some say the Romans invented the game in order to train […]

March 8th, 2016|Blog|

Teaching Road Safety in the Playground

Teaching Road Safety in the Playground
In 2014, it was reported that child casualties from road traffic accidents rose by 6.2% to 16,727, compared to 2013 in the UK.  To help prevent these horrific incidents, why not begin by teaching road […]

February 23rd, 2016|Blog|

Can Rubber Mulch Go Under Trees?

Can Rubber Mulch Go Under Trees?
Rubber mulch is well recognised as an alternative to wood bark chippings.  It’s an eco-friendly option for playground safety surfacing as it’s recycled from old truck tyres.  Unlike bark, it’s bonded together so that no […]

February 10th, 2016|Blog|

LOtC with Educational Safety Surfacing

LOtC with Educational Safety Surfacing

What is LOtC?
LOtC, (Learning Outside the Classroom) is exactly how it sounds – it’s about changing a pupil’s learning environment, keeping them motivated and introducing fresh educational values. Learning Outside the Classroom is an essential part […]

December 9th, 2015|Blog|

Wonderful Flooring Ideas For Playgrounds Of All Sizes

Wonderful Flooring Ideas For Playgrounds Of All Sizes
Established over 20 years ago, we have extensive expertise in installing safety surfacing. Therefore, we have built up a wealth of playground flooring ideas for areas of all shapes and sizes.

Wetpour rubber flooring […]

September 10th, 2015|Blog|

Top 10 Playground Games for Schools

Top 10 Playground Games for Schools
Playground games have been around for decades. Back in June, The Guardian claimed that the children in England are the least fit they have ever been.  Playground games are a fun and cost-effective way to […]

August 13th, 2015|Blog|

The 10 Advantages of Rubber Mulch

The 10 Advantages of Rubber Mulch
There are many advantages of rubber mulch as well as it being recognised as a rubber safety surface. Our rubber mulch, often known as resin mulch, is created from recycled truck tyres which have been […]

August 5th, 2015|Blog|

Another Happy Customer

“Just a quick note to say a big thank you to your team right from the first phone call to the laying of the surface, everyone has been so helpful and very kind and a pleasure to work with. We are very happy with the new surface and hope it gives many years of pleasure to many children who will be using it.”

Linda Grange, Roxburgh Children’s Centre, Kings Lynn

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