Wednesday, October 2, 2013

What is inclusive play?

In May 2011, Touched by Olivia facilitated a workshop with Australia's leading play practitioners, advocates and academics. The result was a set of principles on inclusive playspaces, and a wonderful dialogue that continues to develop daily.

Play is a fundamental social building block.

Play is dynamic and interrelated, linked yet non hierarchal.
Play is supported by people.
Play is social – there are choices and opportunities to be together or on your own.
Play in and with nature.
Play is primarily for its own sake – other benefits are secondary.
Play should be fun, enjoyable and shared.
Play should provide opportunities for everyone
Play offers and encourages play experience for people of all abilities to promote independence and a sense of mastery and accomplishment.
Play is supported by built environment. The infrastructure should support the principles.

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