We have long understood that well-designed outdoor play areas are vital. The few hours children spend outdoors each week builds social and cognitive skills which help them to thrive. No matter the space available, our team knows how to create a place where children can grow.
Every type of playground feature needs to be designed right and built right. In our eyes, creating a unique playground that's bursting with opportunity includes the capability to do them all. That's why our playground range contains everything from Activity Frames through to educational numeracy & literacy play panels.
Playcubed have worked with many schools to create some amazing special needs outdoor play environments. We pride ourselves on creating outstanding spaces that offer a wealth of activities for SEN students ensuring every feature is accessible to users of all abilities.
Our team works alongside you to ensure our designs include everything needed to help your students achieve key learning objectives while having fun outdoors.
Let us help you create a bespoke special needs outdoor play area where children of all abilities can thrive.
Our range of SEN outdoor play equipment can help ensure that all students are involved in outdoor activities regardless of their ability.
Outdoor learning and play areas in special schools are particularly important. SEN students benefit immensely from visual and sensory stimulation which is why the outside is a brilliant learning experience for them.
Special needs outdoor play areas help children engage, explore and discover things that a classroom can’t provide. To put it simply, they make playtime a constructive part of their learning program every day.
“Playcubed have completely transformed our Primary Play Area into a safe and stimulating play environment where all our children can explore, socialise and gain sensory inspiration. Playcubed worked collaboratively with us to ensure creativity of our space and natural environment, and have provided the children with holistic opportunities to learn and gain enjoyment through their outdoor play experiences.”
Outdoor learning and play spaces have been proven to be beneficial for:
Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
Attention Deficit Disorders
Dyspraxia and Developmental Coordination Disorder
Regulatory and Mood Disorders
Speech and Language
Our designs ensure that all of the senses are engaged.
Examples of our SEN & Inclusive playground work
Allowing children of all abilities to mix and play while developing physical skills and abilities.
What does SEN stand for?
The term SEN stands for special educational needs. This covers a wide spectrum of needs including behavioural, emotional or social difficulties, hearing and visual impairment, multi-sensory impairment, autism and physical disabilities. When designing a playground or play area, it’s essential to consider children with different special educational needs to ensure all the equipment is accessible and all children get the quality playtime they need.
What is an SEN playground?
A SEN playground includes specially designed playground equipment that is accessible to children of all abilities. Including SEN play equipment in your playground design will have a great impact on children with special educational needs at your school or nursery as it will provide them with the freedom to explore and learn during play time.
How do you accommodate special needs children on the playground?
Accommodating your playground to children with different educational needs can be done in many different ways. Installing inclusive play equipment , creating sensory play areas or encouraging children to engage in themed play and roleplay. Play time is essential for children’s development and wellbeing as it provides a fantastic way to learn and socialise while having fun.
When is the best time of year to have equipment installed?
If you’re looking to invest in a new playground, the best time to have new playground equipment installed is late autumn. Between October to December your school playground won’t be used as often as in spring and summer, which presents the perfect opportunity for installation of new equipment and maintenance work without interrupting play time.