Play and inclusion


A new UK Government took office on 11 May and is in the process of deciding its position on a number of policies and government strategies . As a result the resources listed on this page may not reflect current Government policy. All statutory guidance and legislation referred to continues to reflect the current legal position unless indicated otherwise.

Resources and further information relating to play and inclusion.

  1. 1. Aiming High for Disabled Children www.dcsf.gov.uk/everychildmatters/healthandwellbeing/ahdc This review aims to improve service provision across the board for disabled children and their families, and enhance equality and opportunity for them. It focuses on three priority areas to improve the lives of disabled children and their families: access and empowerment, responsive services and timely support, and improving quality and capacity.
  2. 2. Aiming Higher for Inclusive Play www.kids.org.uk/information/100428/100623/100836/briefings/ This briefing paper is aimed at those who commission services for disabled children; those who work in play and other universal children's services; and families with disabled children. It considers the responsibilities we all share in the light of recent government initiatives and it gives a taste of the successful work already being undertaken in different parts of the country to include disabled children in ordinary play services.
  3. 3. Inclusion by Design: A guide to creating accessible play and childcare environments www.kids.org.uk/information/100428/100623/100834/books/ Demonstrating good practice in inclusive design, this publication is aimed at planners, designers, parks and leisure officers as well as early years, play and childcare providers who want to ensure that the design of their playspace is accessible, welcoming and inclusive.
  4. 4. Inclusive Design for Play www.kids.org.uk/information/100428/100623/100836/briefings/ A good practice guide for local authorities in the provision of new play spaces, making explicit the need for accessible and inclusive play areas and children and young people’s right to be consulted in the process.
  5. 5. Inclusive play www.ncb.org.uk/cpis/resources/factsheets.aspx Written by Rachel Scott from Kids, this factsheet gives an overview of inclusive play, focusing on disabled children. It looks at all children's right to play, explores some of the barriers to play, and provides action points for inclusion.
  6. 6. Making the links – playful short breaks for disabled children www.kids.org.uk/information/100428/100623/100836/briefings/ This briefing highlights the successful work undertaken by local authorities who have linked their short breaks and play pathfinder funding and consequently increased opportunities for inclusive play.
  7. 7. Our play – our choice: a KIDS consultation with disabled children www.kids.org.uk/information/100428/100623/100836/briefings/ This good practice briefing outlines the findings of a play consultation carried out by KIDS in early 2009 with disabled children, and includes signposts to useful organisations and resources on participation and inclusion.
  8. 8. Planning for inclusion – making your play strategy inclusive www.kids.org.uk/information/100428/100623/100836/briefings/ This briefing provides guidance on how to develop your play strategy so that it really addresses the rights and requirements of disabled children. It’s designed to help local authorities and their partners in the practical application of that guidance in relation to disabled children.
  9. 9. Strategies for Inclusion www.kids.org.uk/information/100428/100623/100836/briefings/ This briefing is a revised and updated edition of the original KIDS Inclusion Framework for Local Authorities, first published in 2004. It has been drawn up as a result of KIDS’ wide experience of working with individuals and local authorities committed to the inclusion of disabled children and young people in mainstream play, childcare and leisure settings.
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