At Inclusive Play our vision is to design, develop and manufacture quality products that enable children – no matter what their ability – to play together.
We are often asked what inclusion means, our answer? It means everyone regardless of background, age, gender, ability and so on; everyone should have the same opportunities in life to explore and achieve. Although our main focus at Inclusive Play is around special needs and disabilities (as we recognise that this is a group most marginalised in playground design) we aspire to create products that will intrigue everyone.
To support this ethos we believe in the social model of disability. In other words, disability is a socially created problem and it is up to all of us to make the environmental changes necessary to allow for the full participation of people with disabilities in all areas of social life. With this in mind, we strive to create completely unique products that punctuate, not define a play space, embracing the true meaning of inclusion.
To do this, we look at playground favourites and the general play experiences enjoyed by many children. We also think about the barriers to play for children who may not normally have access to all equipment. We give those products a makeover – or we start from scratch – and come up with new ideas that all children will love.
Thanks to our continuing dialogue with key charities and leading UK and European organisations, we have a genuine understanding of the types of barriers to play that can affect many children.
With several years’ experience in product and play area design we are happy to offer practical advice, help identify changes to existing parks, or offer ideas for new designs to make them more engaging and accessible. We collaborate with others, from families with special needs to charities and landscape architects – ensuring we provide the best product solutions and advice to our clients.
The result is a range of educational, fun outdoor play products and spaces that have been specially designed to excite and intrigue children at all ends of the spectrum.
Meet The Team
Paul has being working within the playground industry for over 7 years and has a wealth of knowledge in strategic management, finance and sales. He previously worked in the communications industry, holding various senior management positions across his 12 year career in the field. During this time Paul spent 2 years in Australia on an International assignment as Sales Director across Australia and New Zealand. Paul became the Director of Inclusive Play in 2010.
“The partnerships we have established with communities, designers and the industry will ensure there is play provision out there for children of all abilities.”
Jo joined the playground industry in 2010 from the luxury retail industry as a Buyer and Merchandiser dealing with global brands, with 3 of those years working in London for high profile international jewellers as a Product Manager. In 2004, she relocated to Rome to work in Europe to teach English to children and adults. Her time as a teacher ignited a strong interest in providing young learners with the opportunity to learn through play. After 7 years at Jupiter Play as the Business Support Manager, she moved into her role as Business Manager for Inclusive Play at the start of 2017.
“This is an exciting time for Inclusive Play; we are settling into our new office having expanded our team and we look forward to the months ahead. We are really proud of the range of inclusive products we have developed and will continue to develop.”
Sylvia has a background in education, setting up early years provision and family support. She was involved in developing one of the first Surestart centres in the country, before moving on to the Playbuilder programme as a Project Manager. Over the years Sylvia has also worked with parish and town councils, schools and community groups to identify and support grant funding applications, develop business cases and consultation events, including the Spaceshaper 9-14 Pilot for children with disabilities and their families. Sylvia has been a Play Consultant with Inclusive Play since the start of 2017 and is based in Essex.
“I am passionate about all children being able to play together in a safe, inclusive outdoor environment and able to experience the freedom and curiosity to play!”
Andrea studied Horticulture and Landscape design at Writtle College and began her career working for local authorities Parks departments. She has overseen the upkeep of 100’s of playgrounds across England. During her career Andrea has spent a lot of time working with community and friend groups with the goal of improving their spaces for the better. Andrea joined Inclusive Play in early 2017 as a Play Consultant and is based in Essex. Since becoming a mum, Andrea has a new appreciation for how much research and design goes into play equipment.
“I’ve spent many a wet and windy day spent out on a playing field but I’m a strong believer that the rewards always outweigh any of the hard work when you see children and their families enjoying the parks.”
Caitlin graduated from Queen Margaret University with an Honours Degree in Business Management and began her graduate career working in Digital Communications for a large Edinburgh based charity. Working in the third sector imparted a new career passion for Caitlin; she was determined to continue her career working for an organisation which supported creating positive social change. This passion led her to Inclusive Play and she joined in July 2017 as a Marketing Coordinator.