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Miss B Leslie

I recently visited a park featuring Inclusive Play equipment. Mum and I had a shot on the swing a while back and loved it! I think this is brilliant; it didn’t exist when I was growing up (I have Cerebral Palsy) but I know how important playgrounds like these are.

I recently visited a park featuring Inclusive Play equipment. Mum and I had a shot on the swing a while back and loved it! I think this is brilliant; it didn’t exist when I was growing up (I have Cerebral Palsy) but I know how important playgrounds like these are.

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Sol Joel – The First PiPA Playground in the UK

The first PiPA playground in the UK has opened! Earley Town Council and Wokingham Borough Council were passionate about creating a wider range of play opportunities at Sol Joel that would allow the entire community to access quality play provision. Sol Joel already features a range of play equipment such as dynamic play and a large Volcano tower, […]

Inclusive Play Area Opening

The first PiPA playground in the UK has opened! Earley Town Council and Wokingham Borough Council were passionate about creating a wider range of play opportunities at Sol Joel that would allow the entire community to access quality play provision.

Sol Joel already features a range of play equipment such as dynamic play and a large Volcano tower, not too dissimilar to what you would see in many parks across the country. What it lacked however was the ability for children with and without special needs to access a range of play activities together.

Inclusive Play Sensory WheelWorking together with both Wokingham and Earley Town Council we worked through the PiPA toolkit to create a truly inclusive space. PiPA is a handy checklist that keeps a designer or play space developer focused on providing a range of play values, particularly with a keen focus on a sensory diet.

This play area is listed as a destination PiPA on the PiPA Map, where all inclusive playgrounds are listed.

 

 

 

 

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Debbie Stewart, Houston Park Play Improvement Group

I don’t think any other supplier can match your (Inclusive Play) equipment when looking for items specific to children with special needs.  

I don’t think any other supplier can match your (Inclusive Play) equipment when looking for items specific to children with special needs.

 

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A County-wide Approach to Deliver Inclusive Play

Essex County Council are undoubtedly leading the way in their inclusion strategy and implementation. Working with local parents forum – FACE – they are driving policy into a reality and children are actually reaping the rewards…

This is undeniably one of the best examples we have of a Local Authority who has really taken ownership and delivered on an inclusive strategy for delivering services and provision for children with disabilities. This case study is a brief overview of how this was done.

Working in a partnership to gain the best insights

Essex County Council have a very close working relationship with FACE – Families Acting for Change in Essex. The parents who run FACE all have a child with a disability and understand the true impact this has on day to day life.

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Together Essex and FACE have a vision to create more play opportunities for all children to access. FACE were instrumental in gathering the views of families and the barriers they faced when going to their local park. Based on this feedback FACE wrote a comprehensive report that was circulated to all the local District Councils. The Short Breaks Team at Essex County Council have been hard at work to deliver positive outcomes throughout the county as a result of this report.

Delivering positive change

Inclusive Play is delighted to be a key partner working together with Essex County Council to deliver more inclusive opportunities. We have a shared vision, that all children should have play opportunities available to them. So far this has reached all corners of the county, where new sensory and dynamic play equipment has been installed to enhance the existing play provision. The team at Essex felt Inclusive Play’s approach to play and the innovative design was a good match for their partnership because of our understanding of inclusion and expertise in design.

Playtime is a free break for the whole family

Essex: Shortbreaks - Aiming HighThis approach has been successful because of number of factors. Firstly the collaboration with FACE and secondly establishing that reaching out to disabled children and offering the opportunity for ‘respite’ or short break comes in a variety of forms. To offer door-step-provision at the local play area is one of them; it is one of the most vital ways that a family can get quality time together at no cost and in their own community.

This is such a positive example of how one section of a Local Authority can impact the lives of hundreds of children in their region, in a positive and inclusive way.

We want to hear more stories like this! How are you delivering inclusive provision in your area?

Inclusive Playtime in Essex IP12 Wheelspin wheelchair accessible roundabout Wickford Memorial Essex

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Laura Menzies, Deputy Headteacher Redhall School

The products offered by Inclusive Play makes our playground much more engaging to our students. All the pupils have a learning disability with complex additional support needs. Inclusive Play really understands the value of play in children’s development. I would highly recommend Inclusive Play as a partner in developing play areas for children with and […]

The products offered by Inclusive Play makes our playground much more engaging to our students. All the pupils have a learning disability with complex additional support needs. Inclusive Play really understands the value of play in children’s development.

I would highly recommend Inclusive Play as a partner in developing play areas for children with and without additional support needs.

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Inclusion in Play – The Landscape Architect Way

The Level play area in Brighton receives the same magic touch as Princess Diana’s Memorial Playground in London’s Hyde Park. Land Use Consultants, the landscape architects behind both of these projects are embracing inclusion in their play area designs and have selected some of Inclusive Play’s unique play items to increase play value for all.

The Level play area in Brighton receives the same magic touch as Princess Diana’s Memorial Playground in London’s Hyde Park. Land Use Consultants, the landscape architects behind both of these prestigious projects are embracing inclusion in their play area designs. Inclusive Play is delighted that some of our favourites were selected to increase the inclusive play opportunities in the area.

The Level Playground, Brighton, Sensory area

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Land Use Consultants worked closely with Brighton & Hove City Council and local community groups and families to deliver a play area that captured the imaginations of every child at every developmental level.

Featured within the play area are the Inclusive Play timber oak orbs which jingle and move, offering a wonderful sensory experience for touch and sound. Often the focus within play areas is on high movement and physical exertion – which for some children is an impossibility.

The Butterfly – another gentler play experience, is the seesaw where children can lie down, stand up, or sit with friends or family to create movement. The design of the Butterfly allows children to sit assisted with carers if necessary or feel supported by the upturned arms.

The grand opening in September 2013 was a success, the community praised the area describing it as “intelligently designed and a really high quality development for the city”.

Watch the short film for more information: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Ur8LmdOhse0#t=0

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Maree Johnston, Landscape and Countryside Manager, East Lothian Council

Ensuring the play area was accessible for all was very important in the design for Polson Park. The integration of Inclusive Play items with a range of more traditional play equipment has helped us to successfully achieve this for the local community

Ensuring the play area was accessible for all was very important in the design for Polson Park. The integration of Inclusive Play items with a range of more traditional play equipment has helped us to successfully achieve this for the local community

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Polson Park – A Space That Allows Children of All Abilities to Play Together

Located on the western edge of Tranet and six hectares in size, Polston Park is the largest green space in the town. The park is fully enclosed and set back from the road providing a safe environment for all the family.

Located on the western edge of Tranet and six hectares in size, Polson Park is the largest green space in the town. The park is fully enclosed and set back from the road providing a safe environment for all the family.

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The Project

An inclusive play area with challenge and fun for every child

As the only public play park facility in the North West of the town, the previous play area at Polson Park was out of date, tired and offered limited play value. But through partnership work with the council and The Hub, connected to Sanderson Wynd Primary School which teaches children with Special Education Needs, provided a comprehensive overview of the requirements needed to ensure the park was inclusive.

From high action playtime to a gentler pace of play, the final design created by Jupiter Play is truly inclusive. It caters to children who need complex climbing structures to work of energy to those who need to explore coordination, movement and control through the use of smaller sensory items such as the musical orb. All these opportunities coexist in the same park to allow children of any ability or need to play together.

A Touch of Inclusive Play

The Wheelspin and Orbs were used as highlight items to provide both dynamic and sensory fun to the area, immediately opening up the play opportunities to more children. The space isn’t defined by user ability but is accented with intriguing products that are well loved and hasn’t cost the client the earth! Greater fun for all children!

The Impact of Inclusive Design

Without Inclusive design and products we are not catering to all children which means we are leaving children out of play opportunities in their area.

Research* has also shown that by creating these segregations we are also highlighting the differences between children which impacts on negative attitudes which children will then grow up with.

Parks that bring all families together and remove barriers to inclusion are parks that are helping to grow positive attitudes to everyone in their community.

 

*Macmillan, Megan, Children’s attitude to disabled people, University of Exeter Medical School, 2013

 

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Peter Mann, RPII inspector

I saw children from about 18 months up to 18 years all moving the Orbs in different ways to compare the sounds. Parents and grandparents were intrigued by them and sat small children on them as normal springers but with an aural edge. Older children after school became competitive and tried to be the loudest, and […]

I saw children from about 18 months up to 18 years all moving the Orbs in different ways to compare the sounds. Parents and grandparents were intrigued by them and sat small children on them as normal springers but with an aural edge. Older children after school became competitive and tried to be the loudest, and experimented which  Orb sound could travel across the site best!

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Chelmsford’s New Adventure Space Benefits From a Touch of Inclusive Play!

Chelmsford City Council worked with our partner, Jupiter Play to create a fully accessible castle unit with an adventurous feel. The bespoke design has benefited from the addition of a number of Inclusive Play panels. These were bought and fitted retrospectively to diversify the play opportunities and create a more sensory and engaging play experience.

Chelmsford City Council worked with our partner, Jupiter Play to create a fully accessible castle unit  with an adventurous feel. The bespoke design has benefited from the addition of a number of Inclusive Play panels. These were bought and fitted retrospectively to diversify the play opportunities and create a more sensory and engaging play experience. One young user with cerebral palsy really enjoyed these features spending a lot of time with the swirl panel, his carer added: It doesn’t smack of being a specialist disabled unit – it feels truly inclusive.

The Castle at Chelmsford - Inclusive Play site

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One of our newer products the Microsphere was tested by one of the students at a local SEN school. Children who struggle with gripping and grapsing can find smaller complex play panels tricky to operate. It was suggested some larger handles should be retrofitted onto the Microsphere. The good folks in our design team took up the challenge making this simple yet very effective idea a permanent fixture of our Microsphere. And that is just one example of how we listen to our clients to adapt and improve our products!

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