Making play inclusive

Sense has developed a set of play toolkits for parents and professionals to provide information and advice on enabling children with complex communication needs to enjoy inclusive play.

Children with multiple needs have significantly fewer opportunities to access play than their non-disabled peers.

But it doesn't have to be like that. At Sense, we believe every child, no matter how complex their needs, deserves the right to enjoy play settings.

We listened to parents with children aged 0-5 with multiple needs and, together, explored how best to overcome the barriers that make it hard for them to play with their children - and for their children to be included in play settings with their non-disabled peers.

Sense Play Toolkits

Two play toolkits are available: one for parents, and one for early years play settings and their staff.

The toolkits contain simple ideas, suggestions and practical tips on making play fun and fully accessible.

Play Toolkit videos

Watch the series of video guides on how to make Play inclusive and accessible.

Watch the videos

Making the Case for Play report

The Sense Play Toolkits were developed following the Sense Play Inquiry campaign, which found that children with multiple needs have significantly fewer opportunities to play than their non-disabled peers.

The inquiry was established in response to feedback received from families of children with multiple needs who had expressed concerns that they had fewer opportunities to access play services and settings in comparison to families with non-disabled children. Guidance on learning to play with their children is also the most common request from families who access support from Sense.

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