The 7 Principles Of Inclusive Play
Inclusive play is essential for creating a welcoming and supportive environment for children of all abilities. By following these seven principles, we can ensure that our playgrounds are inclusive and accessible to everyone.
Accessibility: Ensure that the playground is accessible to all children, including those with physical disabilities. This includes providing ramps, wheelchair-accessible swings and slides, and sensory elements for children with visual or hearing impairments.
Safety: Create a safe environment for all children by ensuring that equipment is properly installed and maintained, and that there are no hazards or obstacles that could cause injury.
Inclusivity: Ensure that all children are welcome and included in playtime. This means providing equipment and activities that are suitable for a range of abilities, and creating an environment that is free from discrimination and bullying.
Diversity: Recognize and celebrate diversity in all its forms. This includes providing equipment and activities that reflect a range of cultures, languages, and backgrounds, and creating an environment that is inclusive of all children.
Collaboration: Collaborate with parents, teachers, and community members to create a playground that meets the needs of all children. This includes seeking feedback and input from families and children with disabilities.
Playfulness: Create an environment that encourages play and exploration. This means providing equipment and activities that are fun, engaging, and challenging for all children.
Adaptability: Ensure that the playground can be adapted to meet the changing needs of children. This includes providing equipment and activities that can be modified or adjusted as needed, and creating an environment that is flexible and responsive to the needs of all children.
Inclusive play is essential for creating a welcoming and supportive environment for all children. By following these seven principles, we can create playgrounds that are accessible, safe, inclusive, diverse, collaborative, playful, and adaptable. Let’s work together to ensure that all children have the opportunity to play and grow together.