1. Quality in Play
Confirm your play supplier is part of a recognised play-body.
All API member companies adhere to a Professional Code of
Conduct to ensure a benchmark of service in play practice
2. Ask for Evidence
A credible play supplier should be able to provide a portfolio
of previous work. API members will provide you with
references and case studies of play projects highlighting
their competence and commitment to quality.
3. Play Value
The API Charter encourages members to design fun and
challenging play spaces with elements of built-in risk. This
drive for innovation ensures API members are always at the
forefront of new thinking in play value, inclusivity, safety,
diversity, educational value and landscaping.
4. Identifying an API Member
If your play supplier displays the API logo, ask to see their
annual certificate of membership. All API members should be
able to produce this proof of membership on request. Also
check our website www.api-play.org as all current members
are listed on our website which is updated regularly or
telephone to double check t: 024 7641 4999 ext. 208
5. Financial Security
Ensure you have carried out a credit check on your potential
play supplier and explored their trading history. Do this
before creating a shortlist as ratings change over time. Upon
joining the API, all members undergo credit checks to ensure
they are financially sound and can be relied upon to see a
project through from start to finish.
6. Consult with the Community
If as part of your brief you require consultation with
stakeholders; ensure your play supplier has the resources
and knowledge of play to carry out a full consultation with
all stakeholders involved in the play space project. For
schools, this would include pupils, parents and members
of staff. For local authorities this should include children
and the wider community in order to create a play space
which children will want to use and continue to enjoy.
7. Commitment to Standards
Check if your play supplier has “third party certificates”
which demonstrate their compliance with BSEN 1176
safety standards. API members are dedicated to
maintaining and promoting these standards.
8. Actively Manage Risk
Your play supplier should recognise the importance and
significance of risk in play and be able to advise you on
the relevant health and safety Standards.
9. Arrange for a Post-installation Report
Inspections can highlight possible flaws or incorrectly
fitted play equipment before a child uses the play
space helping to avoid accidents or injuries. The API
recommends using an independent ‘annual inspector’
certified by the Register of Play Inspectors International.
10. Independent Mediation Service
The API offers a FREE service dedicated to resolving any
technical disputes; open to all clients who buy from API
members and to API member companies
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