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Playground Showcase! World Autism Awareness Week

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To celebrate World Autism Awareness Week, we’re looking back at some of our most favourite autism-focused playground developments. From rustic trim trails to vibrant roadways, the inclusion of a tailor-made outdoor play space can help children (and adults) on the autism spectrum develop and flourish.

As well as the typical benefits of physical play, such as increased fitness, children on the autism spectrum can also learn the importance and develop other soft skills such as turn-taking, socialising and building relationships.

Here at Creative Play we understand that autism is a spectrum condition and that every individual is affected in a different way. With many individuals on the spectrum also having learning difficulties, mental health issues or other conditions (or a combination of all three) we pride ourselves on tackling each individual playground development as a unique project with its own bespoke needs and requirements.

With the correct design, we truly believe that an outdoor play space can help children on the autistic spectrum to better understand the world around them, boost their confidence levels and most of all HAVE FUN!

 

Need some inspiration for your autism-tailored playground? Check out five of our favourites below


HINDERTON SCHOOL

Rustic Trim Trail, Activity Centre & Imaginative Play Pieces

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Hinderton School is a SEN primary school that specialises in children on the Autistic spectrum and with social communication difficulties. The brief given was to remove an area of tired surfacing as well as an old climbing frame and replace with like-for-like items. They also wanted to include an additional Trim Trail circuit and role play area.

From the get go, it was acknowledged that there was two different areas to be re-developed; KS1 and KS2. Within the KS1 area we removed the existing Timber Climbing frame and surfacing and replaced them with our Dart Activity Centre and Rubber Mulch Safety Surfacing. Along with this we added our vibrant Land Ranger and Perspex Board to encourage role play and imaginative play.
For the KS2 area we created a challenging Trim Trail circuit, along with Rubber Mulch Safety Surfacing to ensure the whole play space met all BSEN 1176 and 1177 safety standards and allowed for all-weather use. Trim Trail items such as our Crawling Net and Tyre Crossing were incorporated to ensure balance, co-ordination and climbing skills were targeted while still focusing on more traditional physical play aspects.


HILL HOUSE SCHOOL

Inclusive Roadway-themed Safety Surfacing, Timber Swings and Fitness Stations

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Hill House School were looking to replace their existing equipment with something to promote outdoor fitness for the pupils. They also wanted to incorporate a bright and exciting roadway to really add the wow factor and stimulate their SEN students.

We installed a number of swings, including our round Basket Swing, which we felt were perfect for Hill House. They are great for children with special needs or who need that little bit more assistance; with the size & design allowing them to be accompanied during play if necessary and the materials being able to withstand even the most enthusiastic play .
To ensure all of the needs of Hill House were met, we worked with an external supplier who provided specialised fitness equipment and we decided to make it a real feature of the playground and highlight the area with our colourful and hardwearing Wetpour Safety Surfacing.
As well as being able to integrate intricate designs into the surfacing, Wetpour provides an all-weather playground surface that is suitable for wheelchair and less mobile users.
We decided to incorporate a large roadway design into the Wetpour safety surfacing at Hill House, and provide design details such as stop signs, zebra crossings, roundabout signs and parking bays to provide hours of fun for the children whilst also teaching the importance of road safety.


KESTREL HOUSE SCHOOL

Trim Trail Stations with Vibrant Safety Surfacing

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Creative Play were approached by Kestrel House School to provide an exciting & colourful design proposal to include play equipment which allows different outdoor activities for the children. We installed a number of trim trail items to create separate play stations, including a quiet early years area with Teepee’s and seating.

The key design feature of the installation was the creativity used in our Wetpour Safety Surfacing. Each play station is within its own coloured circle which provides the wow factor and allows safe use, all year round! Our Wetpour Surfacing is the ideal solution when looking to create individual inlaid designs, whether it be school logos or bright & colourful shapes.


KINGSLEY SPECIAL ACADEMY

Challenging Tower System and Classic Basket Swing

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We worked with Kingsley Special Academy to really add the wow factor to their existing grass playing field. The surrounding area consisted of a natural environment, so we decided that a large fort Tower System in a more rustic style would be ideal – enter our Fort Belknap!

With a wide range of play features such as a tubular slide, climbing wall, net climb and firefighters’ pole it is the perfect play piece to keep all students active at break times and allows multiple children to use it at any one time.
Alongside our Fort Belknap Tower System we incorporated a Basket Swing so less mobile students could still access and enjoy the new updated playground.
We installed our blue Wetpour Safety Surfacing underneath the Tower and Swing, resulting in a vibrant and exciting focal point as well as ensuring the playground meets British and European safety standards.


WEST KIRBY RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL

Jungle Climber, Timber Swings, Spinners, Trim Trail Circuit and Quiet Area

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West Kirby Residential School approached Creative Play as they were considering updating the existing outdoor play area. The school were looking to replace existing old metal climbing equipment, swings and replace existing safety surfacing. After meeting with the school to acquire a better understanding of what was required, they decided on climbing equipment which was to be challenging and aimed at improving physical activity. A quiet shaded area and new swings were also to be incorporated into the proposal.

As soon as we were handed the brief for West Kirby Residential School there were lots of ideas. As this was a residential school for pupils with special needs aged 8-18, we instantly thought of a Trim Trail area and a Jungle Climber. The school decided on many popular Challenger Trim Trail items including the Overhead Ladder, Tyre Crossing, Balance Beam and Chin Up Bars. Furthermore the school chose our popular Jungle Climber Midi as this provides a great way to climb around and improve physical strength! Swings were also added to the playground design, both a Basket Swing and Double Swing. As the school wanted to replace their existing surfacing this provided a great opportunity to really make the playground stand out! We used both Blue and Red Wetpour safety surfacing to allow all weather use and to ensure the playground met BSEN 1177 safety standards. This allowed us to highlight the individual play zones within the design and provides a real wow factor.


Want to learn more about World Autism Awareness Week? The National Autistic Society’s website is packed full of information and resources – click here to find out more

 

Think Creative Play can help with your playground development? Get in touch today on 01244 375627 or email [email protected] You can even get in touch via our‘Contact Us’page

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Hello Spring! Creative Play Newsletter

It may only be the beginning of Spring, but Creative Play have hitting the ground running in 2019! From brand new product launches, making headlines, attending playground openings and running competitions, to name a few, we can already tell that this year is going to be fantastic when it comes outdoor play!

See below for what we have already been up to this January, February and March…

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#GotItCovered

Stay sheltered from the elements this summer with 10% off a selection of our outdoor shelters and shades and make sure you have #GotItCovered

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Competition Winner

We visited recent competition winner Hillside Primary School in Birkenhead as they were enjoying their Creative Play Storytelling Area. The perfect piece to celebrate World Book Day, both teachers and pupils now love taking story time outdoors.

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In the Press

Our rustic development for Daisy Made Farm in Lincolnshire has been making headlines. A fantastic outdoor play space, it is already a major hit with visitors!

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NEW LOOK FOR 2019

Our Octavia Range Our popular Octavia shelter range has been given a brand new look for 2019. Now featuring a full timber roof, we’ve also created brand new accessories to make your outdoor shelter truly your own.

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Our Toddle Town Range has Expanded

Our talented in-house product design team has been working hard creating more exciting products for our Early Years Toddle Town range.

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#Movement4Movement – We’re In!

Team Creative Play are backing API’s #Movement4Movement campaign by signing their petition. All about finding the balance between screen time & outdoor play, find out more and sign up for yourself.

 

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Got It Covered? 10% off Shelters this Summer

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To celebrate two of our most favourite days in the Creative Play calendar, World Book Day and Outdoor Classroom Day, we are providing a super saving of 10% across a wide range of our most popular shelters to get you inspired to taking learning outside. Designed to get you outdoors and exploring the world around you, they are the perfect structures for outdoor classrooms, sensory gardens, imaginative play AND MORE!

A great resource for any education-based play space, they provide a cool, shaded area in the warmer months and provide shelter from the elements come autumn/ winter. All designed and manufactured in-house at our Cheshire HQ, you can be rest assured that your Creative Play shelter will be a major feature in your outdoor space for many years to come.

So what are you waiting for??? Choose you shelter and save today with Creative Play!

All you need to do is quote ‘OCD10’ to qualify – it’s that simple!


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • Offer valid on all orders until end of play Friday 24th May 2019  (24/05/2019)
  • Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers or discounts

SAVE ON OUR SHELTERS THIS SUMMER

PLEASE NOTE ALL PRICES INCLUDE FREE DELIVERY AND INSTALLATION. ALL PRICES EXCLUDE VAT

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Half Octavia Shelter (4m) – click here to view more Usually: £4,447 exc VAT

Offer Price: £4,003 exc VAT

Half Octavia Shelter (5m) – click here to view more Usually: £4,987 exc VAT

Offer Price: £4,489 exc VAT

Half Octavia Shelter (6m) – click here to view more Usually: £5,447 exc VAT

Offer Price: £4,903 exc VAT

Octavia Shelter (4m) – click here to view more Usually: £6,987 exc VAT

Offer Price: £6,289 exc VAT

Octavia Shelter (5m) – click here to view more Usually: £7,987 exc VAT

Offer Price: £7,189 exc VAT

Octavia Shelter (6m) – click here to view more Usually: £8,787 exc VAT

Offer Price: £7,909 exc VAT

Octavia Shelter w/o Floor (4m – click here to view more Usually: £5,987 exc VAT

Offer Price: £5,389 exc VAT

Octavia Shelter w/o Floor (5m) – click here to view more Usually: £6,987 exc VAT

Offer Price: £6,289 exc VAT

Octavia Shelter w/o Floor (6m) – click here to view more Usually: £7,787 exc VAT

Offer Price: £7,009 exc VAT

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Sail Shade Square (4m) – click here to view more Usually: £3,321 exc VAT

Offer Price: £2,989 exc VAT

Sail Shade Square (5m) – click here to view more Usually: £3,621 exc VAT

Offer Price: £3,259 exc VAT

Sail Shade Square (6m) – click here to view more Usually: £3,921 exc VAT

Offer Price: £3,529 exc VAT

Cambridge Shelter – click here to view more Usually: £2,430 exc VAT

Offer Price: £2,187 exc VAT

Sail Shade Triangle (4m) – click here to view more Usually: £2,521 exc VAT

Offer Price: £2,269 exc VAT

Sail Shade Triangle (5m) – click here to view more Usually: £2,721 exc VAT

Offer Price: £2,449 exc VAT

Sail Shade Triangle (6m) – click here to view more Usually: £2,921 exc VAT

Offer Price: £2,629 exc VAT

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Timber Playhouse – click here to view more Usually: £2,295 exc VAT

Offer Price: £2,066 exc VAT

Timber Playhouse Arc – click here to view more Usually: £3,471 exc VAT

Offer Price: £3,124 exc VAT

Timber Playhouse – Construction – click here to view more Usually: £2,450 exc VAT

Offer Price: £2,205 exc VAT

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Timber Playhouse without Floor – click here to view more Usually: £1,950 exc VAT

Offer Price: £1,755 exc VAT

Timber Playhouse Walkthrough – click here to view more Usually: £1,650 exc VAT

Offer Price: £1,485 exc VAT

Pyramid Shelter (3m) – click here to view more Usually: £3,712 exc VAT

Offer Price: £3,341 exc VAT

Pyramid Shelter (4m) – click here to view more Usually: £4,312 exc VAT

Offer Price: £3,881 exc VAT

Pyramid Shelter (5m) – click here to view more Usually: £4,812 exc VAT

Offer Price: £4,331 exc VAT


To take advantage of our great offers, get in contact today and quote reference: OCD10

Phone: 01244 375627

Email: [email protected]


Please note, this offer is only valid until 24/05/2019 therefore, all shelters have to be ordered by 5pm on this date.

Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers or discounts

If you want to find out more about Outdoor Classroom Day and how you can get involved, click here: https://outdoorclassroomday.org.uk/

 

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#GotItCovered – Be Sun Safe in the Playground with Creative Play

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News19 Gotitcoveredlaunch 1 | #Gotitcovered - Be Sun Safe In The Playground With Creative Play | Creative Play It is that time of the year again where the sunshine comes out and we start going out!

During the winter months, sitting out in the garden is the last thing we want to be doing, equally during play times children don’t want to be sat in the rain but out enjoying the fresh air when the sun is shining – which is great!!

HOWEVER…

With the sunshine and time outdoors comes things we need to consider…

  1. Sun Protection has always been around and is always something we should think about when children are playing outdoors. It doesn’t even have to be sun beaming to think about how we are going to protect children, all throughout the summer months, action needs to be taken.
  2. Outdoor Facilities to ensure children have a safe place to enjoy the sunshine. This can be done by providing shaded areas and ensuring full exposure to the sun isn’t presented.

These are just 2 points, over the next coming months we are launching our #GotItCovered campaign and we going to be looking at how we can ensure we are providing the best environments for children in schools during the summer months and how we can make the most of absorbing the best source of vitamin D!

 

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Share a Story: World Book Day 2019

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News19 Worldbookday1 | Share A Story: World Book Day 2019 | Creative Play World Book Day has landed again and this is the 22nd year of celebrating!

Every year schools, nurseries and parents join together to encourage children to appreciate reading and explore the pleasures of books!

To do this, the World Book Day Charity send schools (including those nurseries and secondary schools that have specially registered to participate), packs of Book Tokens and age-ranged World Book Day Resource Packs (age-ranged into Nursery/Pre-School, Primary and Secondary) full of ideas and activities, display material and more information about how to get involved in World Book Day.

Reading is a crucial part of a child’s development and growth and provides tonnes of benefits including improvement in concentration, vocabulary and language skills, exercise the brain and develops a child’s imagination – most importantly it is FUN!

You can find further information here


News19 Worldbookday2 | Share A Story: World Book Day 2019 | Creative Play In light of World Book Day, during National Story Telling Week we gave away one of our Story Telling Areas to one lucky competition winner during our time at the Edsential SBM Conference in February.

Hillside Primary School in Birkenhead won the Storytelling Area via a live draw and we have managed to install the equipment in time for World Book Day which was perfect!

To prepare for the upcoming event, Hillside Primary School had a very special outdoor story time, during which the children chose their favourite character to dress up as!

Their new Storytelling Area is a huge hit with both the teachers and children! They absolutely love it and now have the perfect place to celebrate World Book Day!

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If we have inspired you and you are looking to add an outdoor Story Telling feature to your school, don’t hesitate to contact us on 01244 375627 or email [email protected]

Want to browse our range of outdoor storytelling items? Click here