Play is fundamental to all children’s emotional, social, cognitive and physical development. Many children do not have gardens or outside space, so their local playground represents one of their few opportunities to enjoy outdoor play and activity.
Evidence is also mounting about the positive association between outdoor play, physical activity and mental health. The benefits of physical activity and unstructured play in good quality, well-maintained and stimulating public playgrounds cannot be overlooked.
The positive association between outdoor play, physical activity and mental health. The benefits of physical activity and unstructured play in good quality, well-maintained and stimulating public playgrounds cannot be overlooked.
As the number of play spaces in the community declines, schools’ playgrounds are becoming increasingly important, often representing the only opportunity some children have for outdoor play. For children with SEN, this can be particularly important, as access to suitable play areas can be even more restricted.
The whole concept of playgrounds for children with special needs is to provide the opportunity for play to those who, for various reasons are unable to enjoy the chance to play and have fun like other children. It might be because of physical disabilities, the need for constant supervision and protection on an insecure public playground or just simply that they would be overwhelmed by more able children. In a safe, secure environment, with specialized or purpose-built equipment, they would be free to play, explore and experiment, but, most of all, have fun. The children would gain confidence, develop skills and make friends and their families would have the opportunity to meet, exchange experiences and support one another.
INCLUSIVE & ALL-ABILITY ADVENTURE PLAYGROUNDS
Every child needs space to play, but the more disabled your child, the fewer opportunities they have to use normal playground equipment in your local park or open space. Together, we can improve the play facilities in your local park by working with the park management and various support agencies and funding organisations. Find out more about our vision for more inclusive and accessible parks and open spaces in Harrow and throughout London.