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Inclusive Play

Every child has the right to play, to have the opportunity to join in and play with others, regardless of the child’s physical or intellectual abilities. Inclusive play matters. It is about enabling children to be a part of a community, making a difference, encouraging them to improve social interactions, engaging and making new friends. Inclusive play is more than just about the play equipment but offering the chance to enjoy all aspects of play that include the physical, social and sensory.

The Essence of Inclusive is to Encourage Everyone to Take Part

When designing an inclusive play space, it has to be free from restrictions and accessible to all, whether the child has a disability or not, whilst considering the different needs. The playground has to offer a balance of play experiences for all abilities as well as the development of social and cognitive skills.

The playscape should enable diversity, providing play experiences from both ground and elevated levels. These should allow different levels of motor challenges and sensory experiences to be gained. Having lots of entrances and openings helps encourage play interactions between children inside and outside the play space. Not only is having the open spaces a benefit to the children, it also opens up the opportunity for the children, parents or carers to share and learn from one another, creating a barrier free community.

Project Highlights

CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF HONG KONG

36 Nam Long Shan Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong

Parks Supplies supplied the previous playground located on the 9th floor. The play equipment was generic, restricted the child’s flow of movement, limited their imagination and the various ways they could express themselves freely.

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HUNG SHUI KIU PHASE 3

Hung Fuk Estate, Hung Shui Kiu, Yuen Long, N.T.

Explore the Aeroglider that encourages cooperation & teamwork among children of all ages and abilities. Unique stepping platform on both ends provides an opportunity for more kids to play and increases the swaying fun.

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ON SHING TERRACE

Taikoo Shing

Discover the various multi-level activities such as bouncing, rocking, turning and climbing that can be accessed and used from ground level and elevated levels.

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Useful Information

Interested about learning more about Inclusive Play? Here are some links to help you.

https://www.ncsu.edu/ncsu/design/cud/

https://www.unicef.org/sowc2013/universal_design.html

http://www.ncaonline.org/resources/articles/playground-universaldesign.shtml

https://kaboom.org/resources/build_playground_toolkit/accessibility/universal_design/read_more_about_universal_design_and_play

Berliner Seilfabrik’s ‘Inclusive Playground – A Rewarding Challenge’ by occupational therapist Maria Feske explains in depth what inclusive play is and how to design an inclusive playground.

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