A playground is a place where children have the opportunity to express their creativity, develop social skills, and find joy in play. Unfortunately, not all playgrounds are designed to meet the needs of children with different abilities and requirements. That's why there is a growing demand for creating inclusive playgrounds that provide equal opportunities and developmental possibilities for all children, regardless of their individual characteristics.
What is an inclusive playground?
An inclusive playground is a space specifically designed to promote access, participation, and equality for children of varying abilities and needs. These playgrounds are thoughtfully designed to cater to the diverse skills and needs of all children. They provide a range of options that allow children with different physical, intellectual, and sensory abilities to engage fully in play. Key features should include ramps for wheelchair users, wide pathways for easy access, interactive elements for children with sensory deficits, and specially designed safety systems and supports to accommodate children with mobility limitations.
Benefits for children resulting from an inclusive playground
Inclusive play is a vital aspect of fostering a more diverse and accepting society. By creating playgrounds that are both accessible and welcoming to children with disabilities, we can nurture an environment that encourages social interaction, friendship, and enriching play for all. Designing an inclusive playground may present challenges, but these challenges are worth embracing. Through careful consideration of the needs of all children, we can create a space that is genuinely inclusive, where everyone has the opportunity to play, integrate, and enjoy their time together without barriers.
Designing an inclusive playground
When designing an inclusive playground, architectural accessibility is crucial. It is important for it to be accessible to children with various physical abilities. Consideration should be given to step-free entrances, wide pathways for wheelchairs, and proper heights.
Another essential aspect not to be overlooked is sensory diversity. It is crucial for an inclusive playground to include products that stimulate different senses.
An inclusive playground should be designed to provide a wide range of play opportunities and accommodate children with varying levels of abilities.
Products for an inclusive playground.
Designs of inclusive playgrounds should include a variety of products that provide children with different abilities and needs the opportunity for full participation in play. Within our Integrado series, we offer many products that can be used to create an inclusive playground:
Swings are an integral part of every playground that all children love. They provide a space not only for play but also for developing coordination and balance. Therefore, it is crucial that all children, regardless of their abilities, can enjoy their time on the playground.. One of our unique products is the Saturn swing, designed specifically for wheelchair users. Safety is our priority, that is why the Saturn swing is equipped with a five-step safety system. But that's not all - the user of the swing can independently set it in motion or stop it.
Find out more about inclusive Saturn swing here.
Carousels are a classic feature of playgrounds that bring endless hours of joy to children. The YUGO carousel is more than just traditional play. With innovative features and accessibility for all, regardless of physical abilities, YUGO transforms a regular carousel into a unique adventure for everyone. The carousel is equipped with a three-step safety system, ensuring that play is always safe.
Learn more about inclusive carousel Yougo here.
The joy of jumping on a trampoline is priceless! And now it is accessible to everyone. We are proud to have developed a series of trampolines specifically for children with disabilities. Our innovative solution includes movable ramps placed very close to the mat. This reduces the distance between the mat and the ramp, making entry and exit from the trampoline much easier and safer. This is a significant step towards creating inclusive play spaces.
Check our inclusive trampolines here.
Sensory boards are a wonderful addition to an inclusive playground. They are designed to stimulate the creativity and sensory experiences of all children, including those with physical limitations, visual impairments, hearing impairments, and neurodivergent conditions. They support the development of various skills, from fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination to imagination. All of this takes place in a safe, accessible, and stimulating environment.
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Safety on an inclusive playground
Safety is the top priority on any playground, but it is particularly essential on an inclusive playground. On a playground that is accessible and safe for all children, regardless of their abilities, every element is carefully designed with safety and accessibility in mind. All devices in our Integrado series are manufactured according to the highest safety standards and comply with the requirements of the EN 1176 standard. However, safety is not just about the devices themselves. Equally important is the appropriate layout of the playground area, such as ensuring easy access to the devices, using safe surfaces under the devices, and providing proper signage and lighting. We ensure that our playgrounds are places where children can play safely, learn, and develop their skills in a secure and inclusive environment.