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Why You Should Use an API Member??

API (Association of Play Industries) are the UK’s leading providers within the play industry. There are a number of reasons why you should use a member of the API UK play sector. Some of the advantages include:

  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
    and design.
  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 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 and young people 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 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 outdoor service dedicated to resolving any technical disputes; open to all clients who buy from API members and to API member companies

Soft surfaces are a member of API (Association of Play Industries).

Please call 01625 445760 for safety surfacing prices.

Health Benefits

With play surfacing and equipment approved by API, you can expect to see a range of health benefits for the children. Without access to games and equipment, children will not be able to develop important mental, physical and emotional skills.

We would recommend schools and other establishments to push a healthy diet and enough sleep to get the most out of these benefits.

API Play equipment and surfacing projects can be seen at holiday parks, hospitality venues, leisure attractions, housing developments, schools, parks run by parish councils and more.

For details on rest APIs / Restful API services and the health benefits, please contact our team.

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