Inclusive play

Inclusive play ensures that children with a range of abilities can play together.

We provide 234 play areas across South Lanarkshire and endeavour to ensure that an element of inclusive play is incorporated into any new design. However, given the vast range of abilities, age of children as well as the size and design of different play areas, it is impossible to meet the needs or preferences of every individual child. The ethos of inclusive play is to ensure that children with a range of abilities can play together.

We incorporate inclusive equipment into any new design but it is not possible to cater for every child due to the vast range of abilities, ages and size of each play area. Our equipment information is correct as of May 2018.

Inclusive equipment is categorised by suppliers and the subtle difference could be back support on a springy, a wider slide for adults to accompany a child or it could simply mean that a child can sit when other children would traditionally stand. More easily identified are wheelchair accessible roundabouts or a basket swing for children who may have limited postural support but are able to lie flat. Wheelchair swings are also inclusive however, these are not deemed suitable for unsupervised play areas as per supplier recommendations.

Irrespective of ability or age, not every piece of equipment will be suitable for each child. It is therefore necessary for accompanying adults to provide adequate supervision and establish whether a particular piece of equipment is appropriate based on a child’s ability and/or age.

In addition to routine play area inspections, play equipment is audited each year and the list of inclusive equipment was last updated on May 2018.

It is, however, important to note that the Council cannot guarantee that all items listed will be available on your visit due to ongoing repairs and maintenance. Additionally, in some instances specific items may have been completely removed by the Council if deemed unsafe or inappropriate for further use following an inspection.lease note we cannot guarantee that all items listed will be available on your visit due to ongoing repairs and maintenance.

For a full list of all our play areas see Parks and play areas.