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Whole Child, Whole Environments, Whole Community

Playcore has developed a unique perspective on inclusive design philosophy. And it focuses not only on the physical access that any individual irrespective of their abilities has to a playground but also on the experience that they go through once they get there. With the creation of an inclusive environment that enables children of different abilities to be able to play together and develop fully, all children will have a feeling of respect and care, and this leads to the development of camaraderie and community amongst the children. Designing inclusive play environments that utilize the 7 Principles of Inclusive Playground Design is a significant step in providing a foundation for inclusive play to occur and grow.

How do whole and satisfied communities develop? When they have access to inclusively designed environments and play areas that cater to the holistic development of all individuals living in the city. Having a big-picture perspective on the development of the whole community through the development of inclusive environments is key to successfully designing an inclusive play area, which will aid in the enhancement of the quality of life for the people living in that community.

The Whole Child - a breakdown

Play is an integral part of the complete physiological development cycle of a child, across the five domains of development, namely physical, social-emotional, sensory, cognitive, and communicational development. For a child or even an adult to be able to experience a better, enhanced quality of life, they need to be able to have access to recreational time, play, and physical activity. This can help them connect with their peers socially, develop their bodies physically, relieve the stress mentally, and to be able to experience an excellent sensory environment where they can thrive. Opportunities to engage in play and activity do not only create physical benefits alone but help in increasing self-esteem and act as a confidence booster. And as such, an inclusively developed playing environment can help to improve the whole child.

Designing environments based on research

By adopting the design principles from the 7 Principles of Inclusive Playground Design, a designer gets a head start, because they can understand the psyche of a child - as to what they are looking to experience and feel from their session of play, and start the development and design process from there.

Inclusive play opportunities celebrate the entire community and can help to bring together people separated by religion, age, abilities, financial ability, and so on. They have a positive impact on activating the combined energy of the community. They help in physically and socially engaging people. Through thoughtful and innovatively designed play areas, communities that had no opportunities to get together before will be able to do so quickly. This is a critical solution that will help enhance the quality of life for many people, and as a result of that, impact the state, the nation, and the world for good. This is the need of the hour.

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