The author shows teachers, child care providers and other adults who work with 2- to 8-year-old how to design, equip, and maintain safe yet challenging playgrounds. With an in-depth look at how the developpemental characteristics of children affect play-space design and safety, the author provides suggestions for play equipement and materials for an active outdoor setting. Follow her step-by-step instructions on how to assess program needs, current space, and potential sources of funding. Learn about potentially dangerous equipement and how to prevent common playground injuries. Discover also a satisfaying, interactive approach to supporting young children in their outdoor play.