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My Paraprofessionals just completed the training provided by Peaceful Playgrounds. We found the information comprehensive and helpful. The training helped to allow all the Paraprofessionals to fully understand the way to supervise the playground and bring continuity to all three recess periods. – Cherie McComb, Principal

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I took the course because I liked the specificity of the course and the 5 key components of successful playground supervision. Providing playground supervision training will put everyone on the “same page” so that the students will know what to expect and be more successful at recess times. – Katie Zimmer, Principal, Solana Vista School, Solana Beach, CA

The Playground Supervision course was easy-to-use and very informative.  It gave us the support we needed to implement appropriate supervision to help make our school playground a peaceful and positive experience for all. – Shari L. Attebery, MA, Twin Peaks Elementary School, Tucson, Arizona

This is a great program, user-friendly, places risk in perspective, demonstrated areas for potential negligence includes helpful forms that are easily downloaded.  – Bianca Aniska, School Nurse.

A must have for all elementary schools that have recess supervisors or aides.  Shares the fundamental tools to ensure a safe and friendly playground! – Barbara Miller, IL


We are pleased that you have decided to take this Playground Supervision Course.  Below you will find a course description, the instructor’s biography, and course FAQs. This course is on-demand and may be taken anytime within a two-week time frame.  You can come back to the course and finish it within two weeks.  The course is available 7 days a week and 23 hours a day.

If you have any questions about the course, contact us at

We hope you enjoy the course!

Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer
Peaceful Playgrounds, Inc.

Course Description

The Peaceful Playgrounds Online Playground Supervisor Training is designed to introduce administrators, teachers, substitute teachers, physical educators, parents, after-school personnel, and playground supervisors to the responsibilities and techniques associated with keeping children safe on a playground.

This course details playground surfacing, play structure, safety, and playground supervision.

This is an online on-demand course. Once you enroll in the course and pay for the course,  you will be directed to the log-on and spot to begin the course. Students can progress through the readings and final quiz at their own pace during the 2 week enrollment period.

Target Audience

The online class is designed for physical education teachers, adapted physical education specialists, classroom teachers, student teachers, substitute teachers, after-school program personnel, administrators, and specialists who want to learn more about the responsibilities and techniques associated with keeping children safe on a playground.

You do not currently need to be actively employed or working with students.


Course Goals

1. You will acquire a better understanding of your role and responsibility in supervising children on the playground at recess.

2. Understand your responsibilities before, during, and after recess.

3. Understand supervision zones and how they contribute to student safety.

4. Understand the legal role and responsibilities in keeping children safe.

5. Understand the techniques for dealing with behavior problems on the playground.

6. Be able to identify hazards on the playground.


Course Content

The course is divided into 5 areas:

1. Injuries: Definition of injury, the definition of accident, where children are injured, type of activities that cause serious injury, playground laws and regulations, surfacing and injuries, Consumer Product Safety Guidelines, injury prevention tips, and when to intervene.
2. Supervision: Supervision zones, before recess responsibilities, during recess responsibilities, after recess responsibilities, and supervision tips.
3. Dealing with behavior problems: Procedures to follow, respectful intervention and redirection, resources, and unsafe behaviors.
4. Legal Liability: Definition of Standard of Care, tips for reducing liability, General Standard of Care, inappropriate games and activities, and how to limit your liability.
5. Hazards: Surfacing, public use, maintenance, and inspections.


Learning Materials

The following learning materials are available for download within various sections of the course:

• Playground Report Form
• Public Playground Safety Tips
• Public Playground Safety Handbook
• Playground Maintenance Checklist
• Playground Liability Article
• Student Injury Report Form
• Student Injury Report Form Instructions.



Each student taking this course will take a 20 question final quiz at the end of the course.  A score of 16/20 will be required to pass the course.  A student may retake the course anytime within the 2-week window to improve their score.  Students who receive a score of 16 or higher out of 20 will receive a completion certificate.


Course Dates

This is a self-paced on-demand course that you make take 7 days a week and 24 hours of the day.


Call 951-245-6970 for School, District, or County Discounts for multiple teachers.


Founder/President Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer

Melinda Bossenmeyer, Ed.D. holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from U.C.L.A. She has an MS and BS in Kinesiology from California State University Fullerton. She holds a K-12 teaching credential in Kinesiology and Health. She holds a K-16 Administrator Clear Credential from UCLA.

Dr. Bossenmeyer taught for 27 years at public, private schools, and universities. She was a site principal and County Office Administrator as Director of Professional Development.

She is an expert witness in cases involving supervision and injuries on playgrounds in school settings.

She has authored 5 books on playgrounds and physical education. She has served on a variety of National Committees and State Boards on playgrounds and physical education.


For more information download the Playground Supervision Flyer. 

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In order to gain access to this course, you must register as a user in our system so that a completion certificate will be issued.  Guest checkout will not give you access to the course as you need a login and password to gain access.

The online course concludes with a 20 question quiz. Upon passing the quiz each participant will receive a Certificate of Completion for professional development hours.

We highly recommend that you download CHROME before taking this course for the best experience.

No time for the course?

The playground Supervisor GuidePlayground Supervisor Guide is available for purchase.