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Connect with each other - checklist

Communication

Has the community been included in the development of the playspace?

  • Ensure key community groups get a chance to have their say
  • Look for community-building opportunities (for example mural, artwork, planting day)

Does the signage help people communicate and understand each other?

  • Communication boards, for example AAC – Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Cultural language (for example Aboriginal language local to the area)
  • Educational/instructional signage
    • promoting inclusivity (for example ‘Wait for your turn’)
    • include images that are easy to understand.

Facilities

Are there picnic facilities where people can connect with each other?

  • Picnic tables: wheelchair-accessible, under shade, support group gatherings
  • BBQ: wheelchair-accessible, easy to operate

Is there ample seating scattered through the playspace?

  • Seating at key locations for carers to watch children
  • Variety of seating types: arm rests, back rests, different heights for children/adults
  • Hard paved area next to seating to allow room for a pram or mobility device

Are there accessible toilets within the playspace or nearby?

  • Include changing facilities for children/adults
  • Doors are easy to open and lock

Is there drinking water available within the playspace?

  • Ensure drinking water is wheelchair-accessible and easy to operate, with space around the drink fountain for users to wait their turn

Are there electronic device charging stations?

  • People may use tablets or electronic devices to communicate

Safety

If the playspace will be used at night, is there adequate lighting?

  • Ensure supporting facilities are also adequately lit (nearby car park, toilets or access paths)

Are there clear lines of sight from seating areas to allow supervision by carers?

  • Consider the alignment/location of vertical screens and the mature height of plants

Can the playspace be easily observed from the street or neighbouring properties?

  • Keep sightlines into the space clear to encourage passive surveillance

Is there a secure boundary enclosure around the space?

  • Consider nearby risks such as roads or open water

Has a playground safety audit been completed?

  • Independent auditors are available to ensure the playspace complies with Australian Standards
“All children should be able to access and play on an equal footing — so important for socialisation.”

Social Play

Does the playspace encourage everyone to play with each other?

  • Equipment where you need a buddy to make it work (push/pull, winch/pulley)
  • A high point with multiple ways to get there (including an accessible path)
  • Equipment that can hold lots of friends (basket swings/seesaws/carousel)
  • Adults play too – wide slides or tandem swings help adults to play with children
  • Buddy bench – to sit on if children want to play with new friends
  • An area to retreat to for quiet play activities

Does the playspace cater for a range of ages and abilities?

Provide a range of play options within close proximity that encourages side-by-side play.

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Last Updated:
05 Jul 2018
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