Tips For Holding Classes Outside

Social distancing and schools sound like a challenge that is hard to solve. Especially as classes are being told to be limited to just 15 students in each. However, utilising outdoor spaces effectively can be a simple solution that allows more children to return to your setting and social distancing to be observed. So, here are some tips for holding classes outside. 1. Tailor The Learning Outdoor teaching isn’t going to be the same as learning inside a classroom. You’re … Continue reading

Plan Your Outdoor Space

When it comes to educating children, outdoor spaces are really important. They’ve been proven to help students learn more and be more enthusiastic in this learning environment. Plus they offer significant health benefits to all students. However, you can’t just have an outdoor space. You need to carefully plan it so there is a mix of planned, structured learning opportunities and space for unstructured learning for the children. You also need to make sure that children are safe in the … Continue reading

A Shade Sail That You Can Use All Year Round

Shade sails are often referred to as sun sails or sun shades simply because they were originally designed to provide protection from the sun only. However, we have found that our customers are looking for structures that provide protection from the rain too, that’s why we have added the Banbury Waterproof Shade Sail to our range. The Banbury is a commercial grade waterproof shade sail that provides protection from both the sun and rain, enabling you to use it all … Continue reading

Children No Longer Need To Be Crammed

As schools expand, there is a premium in space. One school in the South-West of England has even taken to putting some children into 63-strong classes. As a result, many feel that children are getting crammed into them. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, many schools are aware of the need to provide space for children to play and learn. The learning environment is vital for the success of education. If children feel too crowded or … Continue reading

The Coniston: Not Just a Wall Mounted Canopy

If you’ve been following us for a while, you will have noticed that the Coniston is by far the most in demand canopy within our range. We supply and install the Coniston Wall Mounted Canopy every single month to our customers and it’s most popular within schools and nurseries due to the versatility, value for money and long-life expectancy, not the mention the alluring 10-year guarantee. What’s not to like? Well nothing of course… The Coniston is the ultimate canopy, so … Continue reading

Sun Safety Tips For Your Educational Setting

With summer on its way, comes the hot sun. Sunshine is a great stimulus for outside play and all summer long children enjoy playing their favourite games in your gardens, playgrounds and outside at home. However, the hot summer sun also presents some dangers. UV damage is one of the biggest problems. Children can also struggle with getting too hot. So, here are our suggestions for sun safety in schools. Use Shaded Areas Regularly One of the first things you … Continue reading

Too Many Settings Don’t Utilise Their Outdoor Space

Playing outside holds many benefits for youngsters, yet there are many educational settings that don’t allow children to play outside enough. Playing outside helps to meet targets of 180 minutes a day of physical activity for children. Currently, studies have found that only 10% of children are meeting this target. One reason for this is that many settings aren’t allowing children outside due to adverse weather conditions. Yet outdoor play is essential for learning in addition to physical well-being. Children … Continue reading

The Coniston: The UK’s Most Popular Canopy?

The beginning of the new year, means many things, including fresh new figures that show the statistics of 2018. And naturally, this means we’ve calculated the total length of Coniston Wall Mounted Canopies supplied and installed in the year of 2018. In 2018, we supplied and installed a total of 1,142 metres in length of Coniston Wall Mounted Canopies. That’s 314 metres longer than the length of the world’s tallest building (the Burj Khalifa). It’s also equivalent to 114 double decker … Continue reading

Able Canopies Receives 2nd Morgan Sindall Perfect Delivery Certificate

At the end of last year, we were very pleased to receive our second Morgan Sindall Perfect Delivery certificate. The certificate was awarded to us for our contribution to the project at Home Farm Primary School in Colchester, Essex. Morgan Sindall state that to provide focus to their philosophy, they have identified five tangible measures which they call their Customer Commitments. The commitments are applicable to all their customers, both internally and externally and identify five goals: to deliver safe, … Continue reading

Primary School Expands Covered Outdoor Area

Corsham Primary School in Wiltshire Expands Their Covered Outdoor Area to Enable More Outdoor Play and Learning Corsham Primary school in Corsham, Wiltshire were having various works completed at their school which was managed by Rigg Construction. Part of the works included removing an existing canopy which was in need of replacing. The existing canopy was outdated and due to its size, did not provide sufficient shade and shelter for the number of children required. As this area was outside … Continue reading