Play is for all children. No matter what age or ability, the benefits of playing together are too important to be out of reach for any child. That’s why at Playrope our portfolio of inclusive play equipment is unrivalled in Australia.
It features products that are designed specifically to bring children and family members together in one place for rewarding and challenging play.
What is inclusive play equipment?
Nearly 20 per cent of Australians live with a disability, according to the Australian Human Rights Commission, a figure which includes children too.
Inclusive play exists to close the gap. It aims to cater for all ages and abilities, providing equipment that unites rather than separates.
However, we aren’t just talking about the gap between disabled and non-disabled here. Inclusive play seeks to bring together children of different ages, genders and interests as well as capabilities.
For this reason it’s important not to confuse inclusive play with accessible play. Accessible playgrounds are designed to permit disabled children to enter them, whereas inclusive playgrounds focus on everyone playing together.
Inclusive playgrounds also go beyond children. Their intention is to be open to anyone, including disabled family members or guardians who wish to get involved with their children’s playing experience.
At the heart of the concept is a commitment to allow the community to share in the benefits of playing and learning together
Why is inclusive play important?
Inclusive play is important because play is essential.
As well as getting children outdoors and exercising, play is crucial for healthy brain development, according to a study published in the American Academy of Pediatrics journal.
By interacting with their peers and engaging with well designed playgrounds, children gain dexterity, cognitive skills as well as emotional and social intelligence to name just a few benefits.
With so much to gain from play, ensuring that the equipment in your playground is designed to be as inclusive as possible should be among your first considerations.
How can you make your playground inclusive?
When it comes to designing an inclusive playground, there are a lot of options in terms of equipment. When weighing up what should feature it’s important to bear the following considerations in mind:
- Your surfacing: Providing both loose and unitary surfacing means that wheelchair users will have the same access to equipment as able bodied children,
- Providing a range of activities: Combine social, physical and sensory equipment in one play area to ensure that there’s something for all.
- Finding the stand out: Consider everything in the playground, which do you think will be the most popular? Make sure this is accessible to children of all abilities.
- Making equipment scalable: Look for equipment that provides different levels of challenge. This is a great way to get children with different capabilities to come together.
- Creating zones: Some children may be put off or overstimulated by busy or loud areas, creating different zones lets them choose where to play.
Where to find inclusive playground equipment?
The above are just a few ideas as to how you can start to pull together the essentials for your inclusive playground. Often a simple tweak to a traditional product will make the world of difference to creating an environment that is welcoming yet challenging for all.
However finding the perfect inclusive play equipment takes time, and is far more complicated than simply pulling your favourite items from a catalogue.
Any playground design requires a great deal of planning. Everything from getting the relevant permissions through to product delivery has to be considered if the project is going to be completed on budget and to your requirements.
This is where Playrope comes in. Our extensive experience of building playgrounds across Australia means that we’re perfectly positioned to provide the advice and expertise that you need to make your playground dreams a reality.
Among our product range you will find the latest and most exciting innovations in inclusive play equipment. You can let your imagination run wild, safe in the knowledge that our team of experts is there to help you with any concerns or queries you may have.
To find out more about how Playrope can help you with your inclusive play equipment, get in touch with us today.
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