New play space assessment tool

02 August 2014

KIDS has been working with Inclusive Play to create and develop a new play area assessment tool (Plan Inclusive Play (PiPa)).

We have previously developed our own inclusivity assessment tool and a number of publications and briefing papers to support local authorities, community groups and play companies to develop more inclusive play areas. Therefore we were asked to use this knowledge and expertise to work with Inclusive Play during the development of PiP.

Plan Inclusive Play (PiPa) has been created to help Local Authorities, Landscape Architects, Planners as well as families with disabled children to create inclusive outdoor play areas as well as assessing installed play areas.

PiPa is essentially a checklist for anyone assessing a planned or existing play provision. The questions can be worked through on the online form which is then available for printing and will also be submitted to Inclusive Play.

The outcome will be:

The play area is not inclusive
The play area is inclusive as a community provision (i.e. may be without changing places and refreshment/picnic areas)
The play area is inclusive as a destination park (i.e. it has great transport links, parking, changing places with onsite café etc.)

If the play area is not inclusive it will be clear to see from the checklist which points need to be fulfilled to get it to an inclusive standard. The level of truly inclusive play provision is very low in the UK and worldwide.

If the play area is PiPa approved it will be eligible for the PiP signage and will also be posted on Inclusive Play's online interactive map – helping families to find inclusive play areas which will provide the best play opportunities and the most fun for their disabled children and families.

Magda Gay, KIDS' National Development Officer for Play and Early Years, said "we believe that ‘access is getting in – inclusion is wanting to stay’, and we expect this new tool will support those, who are designing and building new or existing play areas, to understand the breadth of provision which is needed to develop accessible and enjoyable play areas for disabled children and their families, which will in turn provide better play areas for all."

Please contact Magda if you would like to receive more information about KIDS publications and briefing papers which support the development of inclusive play areas or if you are interested in receiving more information about inclusivity consultations.

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