Play in childhood, fundamental element in the health of children

Playing is a necessary activity for all children, to have fun and also to boost their cognitive development, affective, as well as your physical health. By relating while playing, learn from others, acquire roles and strategies, and copy behaviors and attitudes, facing fears and helping them in their development and personal growth.

Spontaneous play, free and safe, promotes creativity by encouraging maturity. Through play, little ones begin to understand how things work, by simple observation and repetition, as well as to express themselves, since it is the medium in which they move best.

Through play, children communicate their feelings, Thoughts, or situations they are experiencing. A way to know the emotional and personal situation a child is in, is to see how he plays and how he relates to the rest of his teammates while doing it. In addition, is the most important activity to consolidate their social relations, as well as their intellectual capacity.

In this way, the game is focused as an integrative and global activity in which the functioning of the whole body is involved, it also acquires a very significant role, because the strategies it promotes help to improve learning processes.

The game provides skills that allow them to explore new realities, be in alert states, develop sensitivity to perceptions, problem-solving skills, strengthen decision-making and reaction skills. Playful proposals in the school environment stimulate and support a wide variety of cognitive skills, Social, communicative and even maturing.

The game must pose both physical and intellectual challenges to provoke in the little ones, desire to excel. A playground should encourage these actions, otherwise, the child will get bored and will stop fulfilling the function for which he was created.

Playing is essential for children's health, that's why, so from Afamour, we advocate for promoting playground infrastructures adapted to the needs of all users and their companions, providing them with all the security, accessibility and comfort, both in the design, as in the furniture, so that they can play with absolute freedom.

Children's playgrounds, places to create memories and life.

AFAMOUR and AEP sign a collaboration agreement

The past 17 in March, the framework agreement between the Spanish Association of Manufacturers of Urban Furniture and Playgrounds was initialled (AFAMOUR) and the Spanish Association of Landscapers (AEP)

Look at Jimenez, president of AFAMOUR, with José Luis Romeu, President of the ASP, signed an agreement that establishes a collaborative relationship that covers all those aspects in which both parties have a mutual interest; that collaboration and connection will be taken into account in the interests of the parties, as well as that each specific work or project proposed will be the subject of a specific agreement.

In addition, for all works and projects will have the collaboration of the facilities and staff of AFAMOUR and AEP that in each specific agreement is determined.

This agreement will have a minimum duration of one year, extendable to successive annual periods by consent of both parties.

From AFAMOUR we want to show our gratitude to the AEP for joining this collaboration agreement, and we are convinced that the future will smile at the projects in which both associations embark.

Accessible parks, a right and a necessity

Childhood, that period of time in which the human being begins to develop, to discover the world, to feel the present with an intensity and a pure curiosity. A moment that must be taken care of, by necessity and by right.

The little ones should be able to enjoy a healthy development, sure, full. This is how it is collected in the beginning 7 of the "Declaration of the Rights of the Child" of 1959 and in articles 23 and 31 of UNICEF's "Convention on the Rights of the Child" of 1989.

Like this, as responsible for protecting children's leisure spaces, we owe ourselves to the task of promoting a game as a service to guarantee for all children, as it fosters curiosity, provides joy, pleasure and satisfaction, stimulates the desire for self-improvement, favors the internalization of norms and patterns of social behavior, as well as encourages the development of physical functions, Psychic, affective and social.

Because from the earliest childhood, the leisure space par excellence of the little ones is the park, or the square, we have all created our first anecdotes between the walls of the class or between balls and cambs under the trees of an urban park. We must take care of these spaces where the first memories are created through a sensitive and responsible management, that drives you to play, to imagine and learn.

What is needed to be able to encourage the game in the little ones? Time, conditioned spaces, playmates and elements that promote a leisure in which there are challenges, eagerness to excel, and awaken courage, the creativity and strength of the little ones.

In this way, playgrounds must be a space of guarantee for the enjoyment of equitable leisure, with the perspective that each improvement project, or the creation of a playground, it must be born from the vindication to the right to play and enjoy urban nature in equality for children with different abilities, Like this, these must have minimum standards of:

Accessibility and security: Create a play space where all children can enter and move safely

An inclusive social perspective: A playground is a space where boys and girls enjoy play, it is essential to generate a place where positive social values such as respect for nature are promoted, friendship and companionship.

Along with this vision there must be a series of elements that every park must include in order to have the necessary accessibility for the enjoyment of anyone regardless of what their abilities are..

 

The main entrance has to be accessible, just as the roads should be formed by flat terrain (anti-slip flooring); or otherwise, an alternative accessible route must be offered. In addition, they must be well signposted and offer all the necessary information for their use and enjoyment (schedules, alternative routes, Precautions...).

Today wheelchairs and, especially children, guarantee full mobility since they adapt to different types of terrain and even have LED lights that help the activity to be carried out safely, even if it gets dark.

Like this, shared roads must have minimum dimensions that guarantee the passage of pedestrians, bicycles and wheelchairs without any user being in danger.

In this way, the seats and benches that are in the park must be ergonomic and must have a backrest and arm rests. Like this, comfort will be assured for all park users.

So important is the space and how it is accessed, as the game elements that make it up. These have to be designed for the curious and social soul of children., so that they must follow universal accessibility criteria, being dynamic, that guarantee the use by all children, as well as chromatic and texture contrasts between the different game elements must be introduced, in order to promote spatial orientation and user perception.

Playgrounds should be child-centered, but also in the people who care for them and love them, who are there at all times taking care of them, observing how they interact and form in playgrounds.

Like this, the look with which a playground should be designed should also be directed at them, with open spaces where they do not lose sight of their little loved ones, easily accessible, and also with colorful elements and games that favor dynamism in leisure, so that they can create meaningful memories, in which years later they can be reflected.

From AFAMOUR we work with the utmost affection and professionalism to all users who use playgrounds, which is why we promote a philosophy of accessibility, respect and care through our Accessibility Commission. A working group that is at your disposal.

"Someone made a circle to leave me out, I made a bigger one to INCLUDE US ALL."

AFAMOUR SUM. The union of professionals in the sector for a common benefit

28 Mar 2022 present, Afamour

In the Association of Manufacturers of Urban Furniture (AFAMOUR) we work to facilitate the relationship and knowledge between companies, sharing the problems of the sector and serving as a representation in the country's business forums. The same, we intend to provide advice regarding regulations in labor matters, environment and sustainable development.

To this end, from Afamour, we provide values with which the associated companies are identified and that are identifying signs of commitment, well-being and innovation.

Commitment for excellence in the sector, providing solutions and creative actions, sustainable and safe in the management and design of playgrounds.

In our essence is to be faithful to a design of children's areas that puts users at the center, as well as being an engine of directional change that promotes the positioning of companies in the sector.

Welfare, fostering through our work, values such as corporate responsibility, diversity, inclusivity and love for a stage as important for human beings as childhood.

Innovation, being flexible and proactive in the face of technological and cultural changes, favoring the introduction of new ideas in the technical field, social and economic, with the aim of improving the quality in the provision of the services we offer.

With the AFAMOUR SUMA philosophy we intend to show the honor that supposes, for our Association, to have our associates because, thanks to the different areas in which they carry out their activities, your values, professionalism and constant desire for improvement, make the projects have the maximum guarantees.

Become part of Afamour, become an associate and start adding, providing all the best that identifies you, together with the companies that form the Association of Manufacturers of Urban Furniture.

 

MAIN CHANGES INCLUDED IN ORDER TMA/851/2021 REGARDING ORDER VIV/561/2010 THAT AFFECT PLAYGROUNDS AND TRAINING AREAS

26 Nov 2021 present, Afamour

At AFAMOUR we care about your well-being and safety. Therefore, we are attentive to the changes that in the Regulations, affect the Playgrounds and Training Zones so that you are up to date and have a clear design, performance and execution of the playground. The main changes included in Order TMA/851/2021 with respect to Order VIV/561/2010 that may affect playgrounds and training areas are:

Chapter III: Accessible Pedestrian Itinerary:

Art.5 : Route lighting: There is no longer talk of minimum lighting but that it complies with RD1890/2008 regarding energy efficiency

Art.11: Meet section slip requirements 1 of Basic Document SU 1, Safety in use. Request certificate of the pavement or test carried out by an accredited laboratory (pendulum test s/UNE-ENV-12633:2003).

Chapter IV: Areas of Stay, of games and training

It no longer collects that:

If there are toilets / dressing rooms / showers there is at least one marked unit reserved for people with reduced mobility for each 10 units or fraction, next to accessible pedestrian itinerary.

There are devices and technologies that allow interaction and use by all people and, especially people with sensory and cognitive disabilities

Art.8 For the gaming sectors

It is no longer required that: Recreational and training elements should allow use, enjoyment, participation, interaction and skill development by all people, considering the existing age ranges.

It is now required that:

At least 1/5 elements of each children's play and exercise sector, will have universal accessibility criteria, must be, in the case of children, this element of dynamic type or that generates movement when being inside.

If there is more than one element that has universal accessibility criteria, must be of different category.

Access to each element will be guaranteed with universal accessibility criteria from an accessible pedestrian route, which shall be considered part of the element, so it will meet all accessibility requirements.

Next to the playful and sports elements that must have universal accessibility criteria a circle of 1.5m of Ø can be inscribed without coinciding with the accessible pedestrian route.

 

 

Art.14 Ramps, inclined plane to save inclinations > 6% or unevenness >20 cm

Long. in horizontal projection ≤ 9m. (Maximum time 10 m length)

Max longitudinal slope 10% in sections ≤3 m and max 8% in sections up to 9m from Long. in horizontal projection (Maximum time 10 m length)

If lateral slope greater than 55 cm need for railing and in free edge area plinth height ≥10 cm

Art.15 Stairs:

If they serve as an alternative passage to a ramp or elevator (TMA only) linked to an accessible pedestrian route must be located adjacent to or close to them.

They must be of guideline preferably straight (before it had to be straight):

Steps:

H Footprint: Min. 28 cm + riser 13≥C≤17.5 cm and relationship 54≤2C+H≤70 cm.

(Before: H Footprint: Min. 30 cm + riser C max. 16 cm)

Between two consecutive sections the Counter-Footprint will not vary more than 1 cm

Between two consecutive sections the Counter-Footprint will not vary more than 1 cm

If open space under stairs with height <2,2m protected to restrict passage and allow detection with canes of visually impaired persons

Chapter VI Street Furniture

It is no longer required that:

Ensure its detection at minimum height 15 cm measured from the ground. No outgoings of more than 10 cm, nor live songs.

They will not invade the free scope of accessible pedestrian itineraries; will preferably be installed on the outer band of the sidewalk, at a minimum distance. of 40 cm of the boundary between the curb and the roadway.

It is now required that:

Design and location will ensure that your envelope at h <2,2m lacks sharp edges and, except in the case of tables and fountains, ensure location and delimitation at maximum height of 40 cm from ground level and, no overhangs flying more than 15 cm with risk of impact at h between 0,4 m and 2,2 m

Art, 26 Banks:

Backrest height ≥45 cm with maximum angle of 105º with respect to the seat plane. (Before height ≥40 cm)

Art.27 Drinking water sources:

Faucet with lower space of 70 cm of obstacle-free height

Art.30 Elements of Protection: Railings, handrail, fences and skirting boards

Railings in case of unevenness > 55 cm or at risk of falls (TMA only): Stable, rigid and resistant: if possible agglomeration minimum horizontal load of 306 kg/m and, but, of 163 kg/m applied to 1,2 m height or at the edge, if the height is less

Handrail: Doubles at heights: 90/110 cm + 70/75 cm (Before: 95/105 cm + 65/75 cm.

Continuous throughout and prolonged 30 cm beyond ramp or ladder if no risk.

Chapter XI Signalling Requirements:

Art.41 LETTERS fountain: guy PALO SECO or other tests

Art.41 Standardized characters or pictograms

Art.41 Height between 0,9 and 1,2 m, with lower space of 70x80x50 (altxanchxfondo) with an obstacle-free approach zone. ≥1.5m Ø

Art.44 Tactile signage, vertical planes at heights between: 1,20 and 1,60 m (Before: 1,25 and 1,75 m)

Art. 46 For crosses or decision points in IPA's: Pieces of Tactile Pavement Indicator that form parallelogram of 0,8 To 1,2m side, in the intersection space of the crossing of the routing strips or in changes of direction ≥45º or, in changes direction to <45º: Miter parts

Art. 47 Interactive communication: In case of computerized communication elements with screen: must ensure visibility per person seated at height between: 0,8 and 1.2m. (Before 1 and 1.4m)

 

We hope you find these points of current regulations useful. The professionals who make up AFAMOUR, we are always up to date to offer our customers the latest developments in the sector of urban furniture manufacturers.

What are the essential criteria for designing a playground??

19 Nov 2021 present, Afamour

Play is an inherent activity of the human being through which we have learned to relate in different areas of our social life, familiar, etc. It is considered as part of the human experience and is present in all cultures.. Playing outdoors provides different benefits to children that favor their body development, mental and social.

To achieve these goals, it is necessary to establish a set of basic guidelines with which to start planning the playground, starting with the design of the outdoor area of the play space, which must include:

– Accessibility in the area, in game elements and services.

– Do not create differences between games or areas, to promote integration.

– Delimited and safe spaces, friendly and suggestive landscape.

– Elimination of unevenness by adapting the terrain to make it accessible.

– Relationship zones for parents and companions.

 

 

On the other hand, in the playground must be included:

– Game elements selected for versatility in terms of possible use.

– Care in the choice of pavement.

– Dimensions for access with a companion.

– Incorporation of protection elements.

– Manipulation games with sensory experiences.

– Informative signs and braille language integration.

Before building the park, we must study different aspects of the area where it will be located. Care must be taken to ensure that the play areas have as many hours of sunshine as possible during the winter months, and shaded areas during the summer months, taking advantage of nearby buildings that can cast shade on the park, as well as the existing vegetation in the area.

In addition, it will be necessary to know the prevailing winds, to try to avoid them in cold months and to be able to dispose of them in warm months. The situation in relation to the environment is also important, looking for the best views for the areas of stay and trying to avoid inconvenient relationships (noise, visual pollution, etc.), in the living areas and in the game elements themselves.

When choosing the game elements that we will include in the park, we will take into account the following criteria:

– Choosing fun elements that any child could play with.

– Take into account the importance of choosing elements that favor physical and social activity.

– Give all children equal opportunities (to swing, swing, play and interact)

– Getting rid of prejudices such as that a child with a disability can, You can't, or don't want to do certain things.

From Afamour we work in the work of promoting playgrounds, where all users can fully enjoy the play and entertainment spaces of the cities, and, above all, so you can learn, develop and grow by playing.

Do you know the implications of the change of the new playground rules?

1 Jun 2018 Afamour

AFAMOUR in the framework of the fair TECMA 2018, and taking advantage of the Showroom of street furniture and playgrounds, organize a technical seminar on the update to changes in regulations and compliance areas and games installed.

Standards UNE-EN 1176 they set out the requirements that must meet games, the installation of these and playground areas, as well as its periodic maintenance. These standards, have been approved with new changes in April of 2018 and, in November of 2018 they override previous edition.

The day aims that technicians of enterprises and technical management, know the major changes to accommodate the new designs and existing areas.

It recalls the importance in compliance with Royal Decree 1801:2003 General safety of products, It requires the competent authority everything installed and depend on this to meet safety regulations during the lifetime of the.

On the other hand, informed about the standard UNE-EN 16630:2015 It develops the requirements of gymnastics outdoors permanently installed elements (BIOS, CALISTHENICS or Street Work-out)

The present day is to emphasize on the NEW most important requirements collecting standards, in order to ensure the safety of the playground and exercise areas.

Technical seminar organized by AFAMOUR will take place the next day 14 June at IFEMA, during the fair TECMA 2018, of 11:00 h to 14:00 h

 

For registration, Please request by email before the 8 June. Email: afamour@afamour.com You must enter name and job.

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