Special Education Needs and Disabilities school playgrounds
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Playgrounds for schools and children in the SEN(D) sector.

No one knows your students better than you do, and we won't pretend to know that each individual pupil’s needs are unique to them, however we are sure that play is a chance for creative learning! So, our Special Educational Needs (and Disabilities) range focuses on creating safe environments that comfortably encourages inclusivity and team work. 

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How to:

create your SEN school playground

Where do I start?

Whether you’re a SEN(D) teacher or a SEN(D)Co, and you've been given the task of creating a playground for your school, you may be wondering, where do I begin?

It can feel daunting, especially when this is one extra thing on the to-do list, but don’t panic! Whether it’s a new playground or an upgrade to an existing play area, we’re here to help every step of this highly rewarding journey.

We always start our projects in exactly the same way, and that’s to listen to you. Tell us about your school, the children and what you’d like to achieve. Different schools have different needs so we make it a priority to really listen and understand you.

We’ll have conversations, you’ll talk and we’ll listen. Tell us what you’d like to achieve with a new playground and the challenges you may be facing.

Being a school with children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities, we see it as our job to create a play area which is not only fun and sparks imagination, but also supports physical, cognitive and social development. And the only way we can do this, is to fully understand all the kids requirements (hence why we do a lot of listening).  

What do we need to know?

But before we get to designing, we’ll then start to delve into the details.

We ask details, which include:

  • Space and location
  • Age and ability of the children, and their development needs
  • Must haves, wants and wishes
  • Bringing your school and ethos into the design, making it just for you
  • Your time frames, when works for you and when doesn’t
  • Budgets and funding - don’t worry if you haven’t got this in place just yet, we can help with this (and we’ve got some really useful information and tips on our funding page).

By now, we’ll have a clear understanding of all your requirements which means we can put together the detailed brief. This is a short summary of all our conversations to make sure we both understand each other and everything is noted down. Once we’ve all agreed, time for the design!

What will our play area look like?

By having the conversations at the beginning of the project means we have a clear understanding, then using the brief we’ll draw your initial design and send it through to you.  We’ll work collaboratively to run through the design explaining why we’ve chosen each piece along with how it supports the children. We can, of course, make any amends.

Once you’ve received the final design, this is a great time to build the excitement, not only with the school and children, but the parents and community too. 

We love this part just as much as you, as it brings our conversations to life. 

Everyone is excited with the design and the budget is in place, great! (we’ve got some great information on funding and grants which you may find helpful). Next job is to book in your installation, just to say, we’re very flexible and will do our utmost to work around your time scales. 

How do you build/install your play equipment?

It’s at this point we start to build your new playground in our workshop, the more we do before we install means less disruption on the day. We really hope you and the kids can't wait for the big day to arrive as much as we can.

Our install team is heading your way and ready to install your unique playground. All you’ll need to do is point us in the right direction and we’ll get to work. You’ll be surprised at how dynamic we can be, never compromising on safety or quality, we’ll work till the job is done (only stopping for a cup of tea and to answer any questions). Before you know it your dream playground will appear before your very eyes.

And, just like that, we’re done! Enjoy kids!

It’s the big day, the first job our install team will do is to layout your new playground, this is to make sure you’re still happy with it’s location now you’ve seen it in situ.

We’ll get to work, but there is one thing we can’t promise on the day, and that's the children (and maybe some of the teachers) won’t be getting distracted and looking out the window as their new playground comes to life (sorry!).

Before we go, we’ll run through the playground, then kids, it’s over to you.

What about wear, tear, and maintenance?

Now the play area is finally ready, and kids are using and abusing it, this is where your need for lasting quality and sturdiness has proven to be a great decision.

To make sure they’ve got as many years of play & enjoyment ahead as possible, thanks to the unrivalled quality of our tradesmen and timber, your new play area benefits from a 12-month guarantee against all workmanship defects and a 20-year guarantee against timber failure. This means a complete piece of mind and knowledge that’ll last for years to come. 

However, we’re no dreamers, and as much as it pains us to say it, sometimes, no matter how infrequently, things do go wrong - we know a problem shared is a problem halved - that's why we want you to let us know as soon as possible to make sure we’re there to help resolve the issue. We can provide advice, and resources, or if you’d prefer us to maintain your playground, that’s no problem, we offer maintenance packages to suit your needs.

These are all the things you’d expect when choosing Home Front, we think these should go without saying, but if you’d like to learn more about why we are so trusted and respected in our industry then look no further. But don't just take our word for it - see what are customers have to say as well - check out our reviews & testimonials.

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