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Special education needs school playground equipment

Discover how inclusive, accessible playground equipment and designs enable children with wide-ranging abilities to play together and learn through a shared medium they all understand - play.

Engaging in outdoor play is crucial for children with special needs to enhance their health and foster positive learning environments, as well as to promote social inclusion. Our customized school playground equipment and educational play structures for special needs provide a secure setting that stimulates the senses, encourages imaginative play, and fosters prolonged concentration. Additionally, it creates an inclusive space for group play with other children.

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The importance of SEN focused outdoor play equipment

It is crucial to let children move and discover their bodies naturally to promote physical and cognitive growth. Outdoor activities help to activate their senses and allow them to explore their sensory devices. Having accessible playground equipment is especially vital for children with special needs as it enhances their coordination, mobility, balance, and proprioception. It is easy to see why play is essential for special needs children as it helps them feel just like any other child.

Our playground equipment is designed to be inclusive for children of all abilities, making sure that every child feels valued during playtime.

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6 Design Principles for Universal & Inclusive Design

Our products are designed to follow 6 principles for universal and inclusive design, ensuring that children of all ages and abilities have the right to play.

  • Accessibility

  • Multifunctionality

  • 360-Degree Design

  • Diverse Play Opportunities

  • Clear in Colour & Design Signals

  • Providing Solutions for Special Needs

Learn more about how to plan and design inclusive playgrounds here.

"I would definitely suggest to anybody who is the head teacher of a school to do the same thing and to provide more equipment for children to play with, it has a huge impact on attendance, behaviour, confidence, friendship"

- Gayle MacDonald, Head Teacher at Corpus Christi Primary School, Glasgow, Scotland

Universal playground equipment derived from research and user participation

KOMPAN Play Institute collaborates with schools, education centres, and parents to construct interactive play areas that are safe and accessible. Our outdoor playground equipment for special needs is designed to promote motor learning, stimulate children's senses, and encourage socialization.

You can see more about how to plan and design inclusive playgrounds here.

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What SEN Playground Equipment should you choose?

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Wheelchair Carousel

Wheelchair Carousel


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North Tampa Christian Academy, United States


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Corpus Christi Primary School, Scotland

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