Why invest in parent waiting canopies?

Your school may be thinking about providing families with a covered outdoor area in the form of a parent waiting canopy. What are the benefits of doing this?

Published: August 3, 2021

The summer holidays are here, but your school may be thinking about getting ready for the new term by providing parents with a covered outdoor area in the form of a canopy. But why invest in parent waiting canopies and what are the benefits?

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic look set to remain part of everyday life for the foreseeable future. This means a parent waiting canopy could prove a sound investment for the next academic year, as the outdoors are still considered safer than the indoors. By installing a parent waiting canopy in your school, you’ll help ensure that parents have a safe, and secure to place to wait when collecting their children, without the need to huddle inside your school building if the weather turns nasty.

In our latest blog, we take a look at the key reasons why schools should invest in parent waiting canopies. Read on to find out more.

What are parent waiting canopies?

Parent waiting canopies are wall-mounted or freestanding shelters that provide parents with protection from the elements when they pick their child up from school. Not only are they built to withstand the test of time, but they can also be made to any size. You can even colour-match them to fit your school’s branding!

What benefits do parent waiting canopies have?

1. They can help minimise congestion

You can locate school parent waiting canopies away from other buildings to keep corridors and main entrances free of congestion at the start and end of the school day. 

This is especially important during busy pick-up times as they can help to create a designated waiting point for parents.

2. They provide protection, whatever the weather

Come rain or shine, parent waiting canopies have Melinex gel-coated roofs, which means that parents can be shielded from rainy, winter weather, as well as the summer sun’s powerful UV rays.

3. They can help maximise your existing space

Is space limited in your school? Extending your school’s usable space by installing a parent adds an additional useful undercover area to your school site. The design of the canopies can allow for the supporting posts to be positioned at the back, which means that the space below is fully opened up.


If you’re considering parent waiting canopies for your school, then you’ve come to the right place! Although you might think that a canopy is out of your reach financially, it could be much more affordable than you think, thanks to our affordable rental payment package!

With Utility Rentals, your school could get your ideal canopy in terms of size and specification. Installation, ongoing maintenance and any necessary groundwork is also included in the cost. For total peace of mind, the canopy is fully guaranteed for the full term of your rental, and there are no upfront costs!

To find out more about how we can work with your school to provide parent waiting canopies, please contact our team.


Similar Articles

Eating out: How school dining canopies can help overcrowded schools

In our latest blog, we look at how school dining canopies can help overcrowded schools create additional space for eating lunch and studying!

Making the right impression with school entrance canopies

In this article, we look at how school entrance canopies can make a practical and attractive addition to your school building!