What is Inclusive Play?
Inclusive playgrounds are much more than choosing colorful play components and connecting them to ramped inclines. A really great inclusive play space provides access, promotes inclusive play between children of all abilities, and develops the whole community, whole environment, and whole child - across all developmental domains. When we can provide children and families with inclusive environments that promote playing together more independently, children feel respected, nurtured, encouraged, and active during play.
We are partnering with Play & Park Structures, a Playcore company, who are experts in developing inclusive play environments.
As children play together they learn to cooperate, take turns, and engage in meaningful dramatic and imaginative play experiences, which create lifelong memories. Providing a place for children to feel emotionally secure allows them to belong and to choose how and when to engage in play.
All children need opportunities to be physically active through play; play environments that provide a variety of developmentally appropriate activities offer healthy risk, challenge children of all abilities, and create places where everyone wants to play.
Play is most meaningful in sensory-rich environments that encourage discovery and exploration. Sensory play through tactile, visual, auditory and olfactory experiences helps children understand the world around them.
Children learn through play and interacting with people and the world around them. Supporting intuitive play behaviors that stimulate development can help keep children engaged in meaningful play for longer periods of time. Opportunities for children to problem solve, think abstractly, and develop cause and effect skills help provide unique hands on opportunities to bring learning outside.
Playgrounds can support the development of receptive and expressive language, allowing children to demonstrate knowledge and expressions. Language development occurs through natural play behaviors and routines and is enhanced through developmentally appropriate play elements, loose parts, and outdoor programming.