What makes an inclusive playspace?

Inclusive play is about removing barriers and making play opportunities available to all children regardless of background or ability.

Good inclusive design takes a holistic approach, combining varied opportunities for play so that all children can have fun and engage together. This doesn’t mean that every play item needs to be accessible to everyone, as everyone’s needs vary so much. Instead, we should aim to create accessible spaces where everyone can play together side by side through a combination of experiences that adds something equally great to each child.

A holistic design should incorporate four key elements:

Physical Accessibility

Equipment and play activities that are easily accessible and somatically engaging to children with a range of different physical abilities.

Emotional Engagement

Elements that facilitate emotional engagement and development through confidence building, self-perception and connection to nature.

Social Interaction

Opportunities for teamwork, cooperation, and friendship building. Include activities that encourage children to play together.

Cognitive Stimulation

Activities that support the learning and development of cognitive and intellectual skills such as problem-solving and risk assessment.

Inclusive Play Design Guide

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