Product Design Standards

Our commitment to providing the best, safest, and environmentally friendly products for child care facilities, schools, churches, and the community goes far beyond industry standards.

Green Industry Standards

  • FREE of BPA, PFAS, PFC, PCBs, Bisphenol A, DDTs, Phthalates, Pesticides, and Other Endocrine Disruptors.
  • RSP (Recycled Structural Plastic) is 90% recycled plastic by weight; 30% internal scrap; 30% post-industrial milk jugs and 30% HDPE #2 bottles. (10% is structural and UV color)
  • Sustainable Prevents millions of pounds per year of plastics from entering a landfill
  • ASTM Standards, ADA / ABA, CPSC guidelines Our products and design layout meets or exceed CPSC guidelines and ASTM F2373 for ages 6 months – 23 months & ASTM F1487 for ages 2 – 12 years standards and complies with all federal laws, including the ADA / ABA Accessibility Guidelines for Play Areas
  • LEED Credit Contributions MR Credits 4.1, 4.2 (Recycled Content), MR Credits 5.1, 5.2 (Regional Materials), SS Credit 4.2 (Bicycle Racks), SS Credit 7.1 Heat Island Effect: Non-Roof
  • Made in the USA With local Kentucky master builders
  • Recyclable Materials can be recycled and used again to make more playgrounds
  • Third-party Certifications Since 2008, Nature of Early Play’s products are certified by the International Playground Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA)
  • Woman-Owned Small Business Nature of Early Play’s majority owner and CFO, Rebecca Beach has been in the commercial playground equipment industry since 1993. Her husband, Dennis Beach CPSI, registered Landscape Architect has been designing and  building playgrounds since 1981.

Nature of Early Play Product Quality

  • Highly UV and fade resistant
  • Graffiti resistant. Dirt, paint, and even scratches remove easily
  • High quality metal components have stainless steel welds, electromagnetically “baked on” powder coating
  • Wrinkle finish powder coating increases friction to reduce falls
  • Will not rust, splinter, split or de-laminate
  • Color throughout plastic – no fading or chipping
  • Resistant to marine borers, termites, fungus, salt, and oils
  • Textured walking surfaces for safety – SureStep™ Decks
  • Additional stainless-steel reinforcement as needed
  • Stainless steel, vandal-proof hardware
  • Prefabricated components  – easy installation
  • Multiple quality assurance processes in place in our factory
  • Customizable with modular components
  • Modern color palette
  • 10 Year Warranty on RSP Components & EcoColor Plastic Products
  • 100% BPA, Phthalate, and “soft” PVC free

Nature of Early Play Product vs. Steel Products

Playground equipment made of steel:

  • Rusts, producing sharp shear edges and points
  • Corroding allows the paint to chip off, revealing raw steel
  • May contain Endocrine Disruptors
  • May not be made in the USA
  • Fades over time
  • Walking surfaces can be slippery

Nature of Early Play Product vs. Wood Products

Playground equipment made of wood:

  • Cracks and checks badly over time
  • Develops dangerous splinters and unsightly gouges
  • Fades drastically within a short time
  • Requires extra maintenance
  • May contain Endocrine Disruptors

Focusing on this generation – and the next – we engineer our playground products to be low-impact to the environment, safe, and enduring with the use of reclaimed plastic and stainless steel.

By choosing Nature of Early Play playground equipment, you will:

  • Be doing your part to sustain the environment
  • See lower replacement & maintenance costs
  • Receive excellent customer service
  • Satisfaction with knowing your playground equipment is safe for children to play for years
  • Enjoy turnkey solution options with design, site prep, equipment, installation, and surfacing
  • Have access to experienced playground design experts