case studies

Belmont Childrens Centre, Stranraer

The school and the local community were very keen to create an attractive play area where children with special needs could play in the company of their able bodied friends. UAC Ltd worked with them to create an exciting and colourful play area with a mixture of equipment, some specifically for wheelchair users and some that allows children with disabilities to play alongside their able bodied peers. The rubber wet pour surfacing makes the play areas safer and more attractive – and adds to the play value by including ‘islands’ and ‘yellow brick roads’.

As one of the first in Scotland to build and integrate a special needs facility within a main stream primary school- the users had the following comments .

The new play area is so popular that we have introduced a class rota system, as on the first day or two it was like ants in a honey pot. During our recent inspection, HMIe stated that they were impressed by the facility. "The Inclusive Play Area has made a very positive impact on pupils of the Children's Centre by enabling them to play and interact with their peers.” Both swings allow pupils to sit or lie down to experience movement using their whole body. The two-seat slide has encouraged a child with severe autism to develop social skills and actively seek out contact with others.

The Play Area is available to secondary school young persons with SCN to enable them to help develop awareness of movement and enjoy experiences which are otherwise denied them.

The whole facility has created a focal point for children to learn together to suit their own individual needs. Children with SCN's develop the ability to interact with other children and socialise while those in mainstream learn about disability and caring for others naturally and without adult intervention."

The play equipment is of a very high standard, safe and accessible. We are absolutely delighted by the whole play area and the chance it has given everyone to mix and make friends.