The best curriculum based play equipment for SEN schools and all inclusive play

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Creating an inclusive playground for children with special educational needs (SEND) is crucial for their development and well-being. Here are some of the best curriculum-based play equipment options that cater to a variety of needs and learning styles:

Physical Development:

  • Climbing Frames and Nets: These provide opportunities for gross motor skills development, balance, and coordination. Choose options with varying heights and difficulty levels to cater to different abilities.
  • Slides: Slides are fun for all ages and abilities. Opt for gentle slopes for younger children or those with mobility issues, and steeper slides for older children who enjoy the thrill.
  • Swings: Swings are a classic playground favorite that offer vestibular stimulation and sensory integration. Consider nest swings for safe and inclusive play, or swings with adapted seating for wheelchair users.
  • Sensory Play Equipment: Sandpits, water play areas, and musical instruments provide opportunities for sensory exploration and engagement. Choose equipment with different textures, sounds, and colours to cater to various sensory preferences
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Social and Emotional Development:

  • Role-play Areas: Playhouses, mud kitchens, and pretend shops encourage imaginative play, social interaction, and communication skills. Ensure these areas are accessible for all children, with ramps or lowered counters for wheelchair users.
  • Cooperative Play Equipment: See-saws, roundabouts, and climbing walls require teamwork and collaboration. These activities promote social skills, problem-solving, and communication.
  • Quiet Areas: Provide designated areas for children who need a break from stimulation. These can be shaded nooks with comfortable seating or enclosed spaces with calming activities like puzzles or books.
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Cognitive Development:

  • Nature Play Areas: Incorporate natural elements like logs, rocks, and plants into the playground. This encourages exploration, discovery, and imaginative play.
  • Counting and Sorting Games: Integrate games and activities that involve counting, sorting, and matching into the playground design. This can be done through markings on the ground, play panels, or even loose parts like blocks and balls.
  • Storytelling Circles: Create designated areas for storytelling and group activities. This can be a simple circle of stones or a covered amphitheater-style space.


  • Accessibility: Ensure all equipment is accessible for children with different abilities. This includes ramps, wide pathways, and adapted seating.
  • Safety: Choose equipment that meets safety standards and is appropriate for the age and abilities of the children using it.
  • Variety: Offer a variety of equipment to cater to different interests and learning styles.
  • Supervision: Provide adequate supervision for all children, especially those with additional needs.

As you can see from our fantastic bespoke 3D designs we cover all areas of play equipment, structures, shelters, surfacing, and experiences under one roof!

By incorporating these elements, you can create a truly inclusive playground that benefits all children, regardless of their abilities.

We hope this gives you some ideas for creating the perfect curriculum-based play equipment for your SEND school or all-inclusive playground! Give Commercial Play a call today to start your discussions to provide your school with the best play equipment and sensory experiences today.