Playground Supervisor Training Course   

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.

Course Goals:

1. To train you to become a better playground supervisor so that you better understand your role and responsibility in keeping children safe on the playground.

2. Understand your responsibilities before, during, after recess and supervision zones and how they contribute to student safety.

3. Understand how to deal with behavior problems on the playground.

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

5. Understand hazards and a supervisor’s responsibility in maintaining a safe playground.


Course Description:

The course is divided into 5 areas:

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.

Supervision: Supervision zones, before recess responsibilities, during recess responsibilities, after recess responsibilities, and supervision tips.

Dealing with behavior problems: Procedures to follow, respectful intervention and redirection, resources and unsafe behaviors.

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.

Hazards: Surfacing, public use, maintenance, and inspections.

Target Audience:

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.

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.

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.


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

Principal testimony SB

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

The course provides facts and information that are valuable for all playground supervisors to keep in mind.  The list of playground responsibilities and the procedures for dealing with behavior problems are helpful and would be a good base of knowledge for anyone new to  playground supervision.

For more information download the Playground Supervision Flyer.

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Playground Supervisor GuidePlayground Supervisor Guide is part of the course. It is available for purchase.

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.  A 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 and the option to receive an Open Badge.

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


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By |2019-04-03T13:55:44-07:00September 22nd, 2013|19 Comments

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  1. Pam Kawinsky May 17, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Hi there,
    What is the duration for the course?


  2. Melinda Bossenmeyer Ed. D. May 17, 2016 at 10:54 am

    The course takes about 1 hour plus the quiz at the end. So about 90 minutes.

  3. Srinivasan Krishnamurty December 9, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    good questions and I think I answered well. these guidelines r very helpful for my supervisory job although I follow most of all daily – srinivasan

  4. Michael Martin April 4, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    This is a good review. Good information.

  5. Chuck Clemente May 30, 2018 at 9:14 am

    Hello Dr. Bossenmeyer,

    I work with a school District that has Spanish speaking playground supervisors. DO you have a Spanish language version?

    Thank you for your time.

  6. Melinda Bossenmeyer July 17, 2018 at 10:37 am

    I’m sorry but we do not have this is Spanish at this time.

  7. Charity Blagg August 15, 2018 at 6:59 am

    My certificate wont come up.

  8. Robert Huud August 19, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    Can i take the course from Africa,Ghana to be precuses,and whatbis the pass score?thank you

  9. Anonymous August 19, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Call the office 951-245-6970. We will send it to you by email. Thank you

  10. Melinda Bossenmeyer October 11, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    75% is the pass score. Yes you can take the course from Africa.

  11. Melinda Bossenmeyer October 11, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Thank you. I’m glad it was helpful to you.

  12. Melinda Bossenmeyer October 11, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    I’m sorry we do not have the course in Spanish at this time.

  13. Luce Cange October 15, 2018 at 5:49 am

    good morning my name is Luce Cange, I work in an afterschool at Benjamin Banneker Charter public School in Cambridge. i take paceful playground certificate an i past the quiz i was done to print out the certificate that my name had spell wrong if you can fix it form me please. These is my Order #27593. Thank you…

  14. Melinda Bossenmeyer October 23, 2018 at 8:00 am

    Call the office at 951-245-6970. We can send a certificate right out to you.

  15. Karthik November 8, 2018 at 1:05 am

    hi madam, i am karthik from India (tamilnadu state). i am interest in the online course. so please help me. how to join in the course.

  16. Melinda Bossenmeyer November 20, 2018 at 11:22 am

    You can order it online through our check out system. Go here:

  17. Nour Zamamiri February 28, 2019 at 8:24 am

    I finished the course and passed the quiz but I don’t know how to print my certificate or get the link !

  18. Melinda Bossenmeyer May 5, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    I’m sorry but at this time we do not have a Spanish version of this course.

  19. Melinda Bossenmeyer May 5, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    Thank you! I’m glad you found the course to be helpful.

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