To be fair, play has to be inclusive.
We believe that all children should have access to quality play equipment – regardless of their physical and learning abilities. All children have the same basic need for play, yet their individual needs can differ a lot. A good playground has room for all children, with our without a disability.
This view is in line with the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child, which sets out a child’s right to play and participate in recreational activities, as well as KOMPAN’s foundational pillar in their philosophy of play - “Play Together” – or the idea that everyone should be included in play.
Universal design·has been part of KOMPAN’s design philosophy for more than 45 years. For instance, the Galaxy range is a transparent and challenging product series that won the English PHAB (Physically Disable and Unable Bodies) Committee Independent Living Design Award in 2001 for being an integrative product.
In all our playground designs, we aim to facilitate the inclusion of children with special needs without stigmatising them into specific areas of the playground or on very differently designed play equipment. Because all children have the need and the right to play.
"All children have a right to play, and all children have a right to play together. The physical, social, cognitive, emotional and creative competences of the child are in the years up to 6-8 mainly training through play. After this age these competences are enhanced through play. This is why playgrounds are such important places for children – they simply play to grow! And luckily, they like it!” - Jeanette Fich Jespersen, M.A., Manager of The KOMPAN Play Institute