Creating an Inclusive Playground for SEN Schools: A Guide to Successful Upgrades

At Commercial Play, we understand the unique needs of SEN schools and the importance of creating a stimulating and inclusive playground environment. Our friendly team, serving the South and Midlands regions, is dedicated to helping you plan and execute spring and summer upgrades that maximize play value for all your students.

This blog post serves as a guide for SEN schools considering playground installations. We’ll explore key considerations, from maximizing accessibility to choosing the right equipment, to ensure your new playground fosters a fun and inclusive space for all children.

Enhancing Accessibility:

  • Surfacing: Opt for soft and seamless surfaces like rubber mulch or artificial grass to provide a safe and comfortable play area for children with mobility challenges.
  • Ramps and Platforms: Integrate ramps and accessible platforms to ensure all students can enjoy the climbing and sliding equipment.
  • Tactile Play Panels: Introduce sensory panels with different textures and sounds to engage children with visual impairments.

Encouraging Inclusive Play:

  • Variety of Equipment: Provide a diverse range of equipment catering to different abilities and interests. Think swings, spinners, sensory gardens, and musical instruments.
  • Calming Spaces: Create designated quiet areas with shaded seating for relaxation and social interaction.
  • Social Interaction Features: Incorporate equipment that encourages collaborative play, such as sandpits, buddy swings, and teeter-totters.

Choosing the Right Equipment:

  • Durability and Safety: Select equipment built with robust materials and prioritize safety features like rounded edges and secure fittings.
  • Age-appropriateness: Consider the age and physical abilities of your students when choosing equipment to ensure a fun and challenging play experience.
  • Sensory Integration: Look for equipment that stimulates various senses, including touch, sight, sound, and balance.
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The Commercial Play Advantage:

  • Experienced Consultants: Our team of specialists will work closely with you to understand your school’s specific needs and design a playground that caters to all your students.
  • Safety-First Approach: We prioritize safety in every aspect of our playground installations, adhering to the latest safety regulations. 
  • High-Quality Equipment: We source durable and inclusive equipment from trusted manufacturers, ensuring long-lasting enjoyment for your students.

Ready to Make a Difference?

Remember, spring and summer are just around the corner! Make the most of the beautiful weather and create a lasting impact on your students’ well-being with a brand-new playground from Commercial Play.