– How can standards be a helpful tool to design challenging and inclusive play areas for children?
– Why they should not be used in a prescriptive way
– Criteria for the process of Risk-Benefit Assessment
Guest speakers Helena Menezes and Harry Harbottle bring over 30 years of experience in the field of child health and play and are both actively involved in the development of European Playground standards for over 20 years.
Participants will be invited to bring their own cases or questions and interact with the speakers.
Training on Playground design and operation: European standards as a tool for risk assessment
H.Menezes Risk Vision runs professional training programmes online, both introductory for beginners and advanced training, as well as Q&A sessions.
There are different types of training programmes:
Introductory for beginners or professionals needing an update
Advanced Training for more experienced professionals or those that are looking for a network
Q&A sessions with a consultancy or ‘on-the-job training’ side
BASIC TRAINING ON PLAYGROUNDS
Basic training on playgrounds
This 8 session-programme is targeted at beginners or professionals with some experience and needing an update on design and/or management of play areas (design, installation, inspection, maintenance,…). It offers a good overview of European playground standards – EN 1176 parts 1 to 7 & 11, as well as CEN Technical reports to be read in conjunction with EN1176-1:2017 (these are almost unknown to most standards’ users) This programme is also a good opportunity for building a network and learning from each other’s experience.
ADVANCED TRAINING ON PLAYGROUND RISK-BENEFIT ASSESSMENT
Advanced training on playground risk-benefit assessment
This 6 week-programme is targeted at professionals with at least, basic training and some field experience. It can be considered as on-the-job training with a consulting side. It’s a very practical and dynamic programme, and it includes homework in between the 6 online sessions as well as working groups in all sessions. We introduce, discuss and apply risk benefit assessment methods and look at case studies that participants prepare based on their daily routines.
FREE ACCESS OUTDOOR FITNESS EQUIPMENT
Free access outdoor fitness equipment
We also offer training on outdoor fitness equipment , as they are often placed near play areas and are used by children. There is an increasing demand for training on this topic, including the design and layout of this type of fitness areas, criteria for the choice of equipment, and risk management, based on the European standard EN 16630.
During these courses, we notice how professionals need and value the discussion forum in each training programme, to share experience and to better understand and use the standards.
As we frequently receive interpretation and practical questions by email or telephone calls, we are now organizing some Q&A sessions online.
From 23rd to 25th September, we discussed Play Areas and good practice concerning Impact Attenuating Surfacing (IAS) from a multidisciplinary perspective.
More than 80 participants attended, both in person and online, mostly from Portugal, but also from Australia, Canada, France, Spain, UK and Serbia. We had live streaming on ZOOM (in Portuguese) and Youtube (in English).
A big thank you to all those that stood up with us along this challenging long process, not giving up till the end, despite the pandemic with all its uncertainties and unexpected last minute changes:
Thank you to all the speakers, sponsors and partners as well as to all participants that trusted our commitment to delivering quality information and added value to professionals in the field.
And thank you to our amazing technical team that made it all happen!
Recordings are available for participants. If you would like to get access to them and you did not register, please get in touch with us.